Welcome to Sierra County! T or C Veterans Memorial Park
Sierra County is an amazing place...most people don't realize how much there is to see and do here so I am starting this blog...in no specific order...of places to see and things to do and other information I hope you will find interesting. Today I would like to highlight the T or C Veterans Memorial Park. This park is dedicated to the memories of family and friends that have dedicated their lives to the service of our great country. All generations are encouraged to come and experience the "Wall That Heals" as well as other attractions within the park. In February 2003, a half-scale traveling replica of the world-renown Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall made its permanent home in Truth or Consequences, NM. This wall was one of a handful of wall replicas traveling throughout the nation. Since its inception in 1996, more than one million people have visited the Memorial Funds Traveling Wall exhibition. it has made stops in nearly 200 U.S. locales in addition to touring the four Provinces of Ireland. This wall, that was purchased by New Mexico with the assistance of local businessmen traversed the United States for approximately three years until being retired in December 2002.
"The Wall That Heals speaks not only to the loss, but of the lives of 58,420 men and women named on the wall - our parents, children, neighbors and friends" said Jan C. Scruggs, founder and president of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial fund. We are confident that the memorial will become a frequent visiting place for those honoring the service of all who served in Vietnam and in particular, the 399 New Mexicans who made the ultimate sacrifice. This memorial in Truth or Consequences serves as a common gathering place for New Mexicans both young and old to show respect and honor in remembrance.
"The Walk of Education" is fascinating. You take an historical walk along a congressional Medal of Honor shaped path and read our country's history on a monument representing each conflict the United States has been involved in since 1775 up to and including Afghanistan and Iraq. You could easily spend a few hours in this place of honor. In the next blog, I'll discuss the adjacent Hamilton Military Museum.