Angel Fire memorial bricks commemorate fallen veterans


The sun blazed as a cadre of volunteers from Run for the Wall installed more than 400 memorial bricks bearing the names of fallen military personnel at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial State Park in Angel Fire Saturday (Sept. 2).

Others watched from under the shade of nearby trees, under a tent or in the sun as memorial volunteers formally recognized every soldier whose name appears on a brick in a solemn ceremony that began at 8:45 a.m. with a blessing of the bricks and continued throughout the day as family members and friends gathered to honor deceased active-duty service members or veterans from any war with a brick to be placed along memorial walkways. More than 3,000 memorial bricks bearing the names of fallen service members and veterans line the sidewalks and pathways at the memorial.

The daylong ceremony included recognition for two living recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor, our nation’s highest combat award: Hershel “Woody” Williams for his heroics during the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II, as well as Hiroshi “Hershey” Miyamura for his bravery in the Korean War.