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Veterans Memorial Park is located just west of the New Mexico State Veterans Home. The Hamilton Military Museum sits next to the Wall, the Walk of Education, and other tributes to Veterans and the wars in which they served.
The focal point of the park is “The Wall” — a one-third size replica of Washington DC’s Vietnam Wall memorial, one of several smaller walls that traveled the country beginning in the mid-1990s, and a must-see for service members of every age.
The Walk of Education, adjacent to the Wall, is a path made in the shape of a Congressional Medal of Honor. Along the path are markers commemorating the 16 conflicts in which the U.S. has been involved since 1775.
Two eye-catching murals, located on the exterior of the Hamilton Military Museum, are easily visible from Broadway. The first was painted in 2011 as a tribute to the Vietnam conflict, and the other, added in 2012, is a reproduction of the famous WWII image “Raising the Flag at Iwo Jima.”
The Park hosts several events every year, and is best known for the annual Run For The Wall. First held in 2003, this event includes a Bike / Poker Run, dedications, vendors, and music.
The Run is usually scheduled for the Saturday closest to Veterans Day, coinciding with the Veterans Day Car Show (held right next door at the Veterans Home).