ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - After years of had work, a local group has just unveiled a new memorial way to remember all the New Mexican troops who died in the Vietnam War.
Hundreds at the New Mexico Veteran’s Memorial dedicated the new wall Friday.
The wall has a photo of every single New Mexican who died in Vietnam.
This project has been about four years in the making. Two local veterans collected 395 photos of the 398 New Mexico troops who died in Vietnam, as part of a national effort by the "Vietnam Vets of America."
It’s working on making a memorial in Washington D.C., showing pictures of every single Vietnam vet who died serving.
Art De Vargas of Albuquerque and Art Canales of Santa Fe put the New Mexico portion together.
Each photo has the military member's name, where they are from, the unit they served in and the day they died.
The memorial is now permanently on display at the New Mexico Veterans Memorial Park here on Louisiana, just north of Gibson,
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War, 58,272 American troops died in the conflict.
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