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DAV Viet Nam Memorial

Angel Fire, NM
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Ranked #3 of 5 attractions in Angel Fire
Type: Monuments/ Statues, History Museums
Description: The pain and loss of the Vietnam War come alive in this museum and memorial.
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Mesquite, Nevada
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64 reviews 64 reviews
8 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

This was built by a father to honor his Marine son killed in Viet Nam in 1968. He sold land he owned to start the project. It also, honors his son's company and all Viet Nam Vets. Has a chapel and museum. It is now run by the state of New Mexico. Is as impressive as the "Wall" in DC... More

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Abita
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43 reviews 43 reviews
10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

Such a touching father's tribute to his fallen son and comrades. there is no fee but a donation is nice.

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south dakota
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

This is the first national Vietnam Memorial,it has been built without any Govt Funding.all by private donations,and the vision of Doc Westphall,after the loss of his son in Vietnam,Doc had the vision to build a memorial to all Vietnam veterans and those who didn't survive the war.It is now a memorial to all veterans.

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Arizona
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

We nearly didn't stop, but are so glad we did. What a poignant experience! It's a love letter from a father to the son he lost in Viet Nam which has grown to honor all that served. There is a movie running about the war; couldn't stay for the whole time, but we were moved by what we saw. The... More

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Pueblo Colorado
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104 reviews 104 reviews
13 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

Very impressive. A lot of effort went into the layout and the chapel had an interesting design to it.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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100 reviews 100 reviews
6 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

Wish we could have seen more - it advertises a 5:00pm closing but several of us arrived a two minutes too late for there actual 4:45pm closing. Disappointed we could not visit the visitors center but the chapel while plain is a fitting tribute.

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Raton, New Mexico
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51 reviews 51 reviews
28 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2012

Got married in the chapel here. A fitting tribute to the veterans of the Viet Nam war.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States
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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2012

This memorial started as a father's way of remember a son whom he lost. A simple dream that grew into a place where people from around the United State now come to remember those whom have paid the ultimate price in order for the rest of us to live free. If you are in the area take the time to... More

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Kingwood
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45 reviews 45 reviews
26 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2011

If you are anywhere in the area, this small museum and chapel are well worth your time to visit. The documentary film chronologically details the events of the war, US casulties, and the changing perceptions of the war both in VN and home, through the reading of actual letters sent home to loved ones by US service personel. One fact... More

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san antonio, texas
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157 reviews 157 reviews
82 attraction reviews
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2011

When we visited Angel Fire, I knew nothing about the Vietnam Memorial but, wow, what a hidden treasure. Well planned and organized, what makes this Vietnam Memorial the best in the US, in my opinion, is that construction started on it in 1968 -- that's right, 1968, in the middle of the war. Much of America was protesting the war... More

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