New Mexico Veterans Memorial

The New Mexico Veterans Museum honors native son and famed cartoonist Bill Mauldin. Photo by Steven St. John
The New Mexico Veterans Museum honors native son and famed cartoonist Bill Mauldin. Photo by Steven St. John
Stained-glass windows welcome visitors to the museum located in Albuquerque. Photo provided
Stained-glass windows welcome visitors to the museum located in Albuquerque. Photo provided
The museum and outdoor memorial sit on 25 acres with the Sandia Mountains serving as a backdrop. Photo by Steven St. John
The museum and outdoor memorial sit on 25 acres with the Sandia Mountains serving as a backdrop. Photo by Steven St. John
Inside the museum, visitors can peer through a working periscope from a Sturgeon-class nuclear submarine that was used during the Cold War. Photo by Steven St. John
Inside the museum, visitors can peer through a working periscope from a Sturgeon-class nuclear submarine that was used during the Cold War. Photo by Steven St. John
Roger Knight, president of the 19-person board that oversees the complex, oversees the day-to-day operations. Photo by Steven St. John
Roger Knight, president of the 19-person board that oversees the complex, oversees the day-to-day operations. Photo by Steven St. John
The New Mexico museum became the first one to honor all its Vietnam War casualties. The display contains photos of the nearly 400 New Mexico citizens who died in combat in Vietnam. Photo by Steven St. John
The New Mexico museum became the first one to honor all its Vietnam War casualties. The display contains photos of the nearly 400 New Mexico citizens who died in combat in Vietnam. Photo by Steven St. John
The Tuskegee Airman monument is one of the points of pride. Photo by Steven St. John
The Tuskegee Airman monument is one of the points of pride. Photo by Steven St. John
Memorial bricks line much of the pathways around the memorial sites. Photo by Steven St. John
Memorial bricks line much of the pathways around the memorial sites. Photo by Steven St. John
All wars are memorialized outside but the Vietnam War receives special treatment. Photo by Steven St. John
All wars are memorialized outside but the Vietnam War receives special treatment. Photo by Steven St. John
A Vietnam War remembrance statue. Photo by Steven St. John
A Vietnam War remembrance statue. Photo by Steven St. John
The museum opened in 2000 and regularly updates the items it displays. Photo by Steven St. John
The museum opened in 2000 and regularly updates the items it displays. Photo by Steven St. John
The museum honors four Medal of Honor recipients in a display that will soon include two more. Photo by Steven St. John
The museum honors four Medal of Honor recipients in a display that will soon include two more. Photo by Steven St. John