ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - The state's Air National Guard recently tracked down dozens ofdecades old holiday greetings sent to guardsmen in Vietnam fromtheir families in New Mexico.
The messages from wives, children, parents and even grandparentswere recorded on black and white film for Christmas 40 yearsago.
The old films are full of history and memories for more than 200New Mexico families.
Men and women serving overseas are sending season's greetingsthis holiday season to their families in New Mexico.
40 years ago, it was done in reverse.
"We were over there and those messages came to us," VietnamVeteran Art Sena said.
Back in 1968, the New Mexico Air National Guard was deployed toVietnam. Sena said that he remembers watching his family'sgreetings.
"This was before email, cell phones, video cameras," he said."It was just such a treat to be able to see our families onfilm."
Sena's grandpa and Grandma have since died. His mother is now81-years-old. Sena spent the past two years searching for the film,saying that it's a part of his family's history.
The New Mexico Air National Guard's Public Affairs Officertracked down the films in storage.
"I just couldn't believe they still even existed," Senasaid.
Still, Sena couldn't watch the films because they were in anobsolete format.
"We don’t have a projector, we don't have the equipment toturn the film into DVD," Capt. Teise Homer of the N.M. Air NationalGuard said.
News 13 tracked down a 1945 projector in storage so Sena couldsee the decades old holiday footage.
"It was really great to see that," he said. "I didn't rememberthe messages or even what they looked like."
Sena now wants to shine a light on the past of more than 200 NewMexican families who sent messages to airmen in Vietnam byconverting the films to DVD.
He said that he's gotten some estimates and it would costseveral thousand dollars to get all 39 of the films converted toDVD.
Sena said he's hoping someone with the equipment could help outfor less, or he'll take donations to get the DVDs to thefamilies.
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