Open daily, year-round.
In February 2003, a half-scale traveling replica of the world-renowned Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall made its permanent home in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. This wall was one of a handful of wall replicas traveling throughout the nation. Since its inception in 1996, more than one million people have visited the Memorial Funds Traveling Wall exhibition. Traveling Walls have made stops in nearly 200 U.S. locales in addition to touring the four Provinces of Ireland.
This wall, purchased by New Mexico with the assistance of local businessmen, traversed the country for approximately three years before being retired in December 2002.
Many of the surviving parents are now deceased.
There are 58,267 names now listed on that polished black wall, including those added in 2010.
The names are arranged in the order in which they were taken from us by date and within each date the names are alphabetized. It is hard to believe it is 36 years since the last casualties.
The first known casualty was Richard B. Fitzgibbon, of North Weymouth , Mass., listed by the U.S. Department of Defense as having been killed on June 8, 1956. His name is listed on the Wall with that of his son, Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Richard B. Fitzgibbon III, who was killed on Sept. 7, 1965.
Most Americans who read this will only see the numbers that the Vietnam War created. Those of us who survived the war, and the families of those who did not, see the faces and feel the pain that these numbers created. We are, until we too pass away, haunted with these numbers, because they were our friends, fathers, husbands, wives, sons and daughters. There are no noble wars, just noble warriors.
Visitors to Veterans Memorial Park and The Vietnam Wall are welcome 24/7/365.