Santa Feans Alfonso and Lorraine de Herrera search The Wall That Heals for the name of Lorraine’s brother, Vietnam veteran Pedro M. Maes, during an opening ceremony for the traveling memorial Thursday at Fort Marcy Ballpark. Luis Sánchez Saturno/The New Mexican
Veteran Joseph F. Trujillo’s name is shown on the wall during Thursday’s welcoming ceremony for the traveling memorial. Luis Sánchez Saturno/The New Mexican
Skip Saurman, who served with the Army Security Agency from 1969 to 1972, looks for a friend’s names on the wall. Luis Sánchez Saturno/The New Mexican
Kenny Keelin of Santa Fe a veteran of Desert Storm and the Afghanistan War, attends the welcoming ceremony for The Wall That Heals at Fort Marcy Ballpark on Thursda. Luis Sánchez Saturno/The New Mexican
Jan Scruggs, founder of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., addresses the crowd during the welcoming ceremony for The Wall That Heals at Fort Marcy Ballpark on Thursday. Luis Sánchez Saturno/The New Mexican
The welcoming ceremony for The Wall That Heals at Fort Marcy Ballpark on Thursday. Luis Sánchez Saturno/The New Mexican
Ralph Montez looks at the headstone of his friend Joseph F. Trujillo, a Vietnam War veteran, at the Santa Fe National Cemetery on Thursday. The two used to hike together in the hills outside La Puebla in northern Santa Fe County in the 1950s. Clyde Mueller/The New Mexican
The signed front page of Joe F. Trujillo’s prayer book. Courtesy photo
A 1966 photo of Joe F. Trujillo taken in Vietnam. Courtesy photo
- If You Go
The Wall That Heals will remain at Fort Marcy Ballpark through Sunday, March 23. It is open 24 hours a day. At 5 p.m. Friday, March 21, a Native American dance group is scheduled to pay tribute to fallen Vietnam War service members. At 5 p.m. Saturday, March 22, there will be a candlelight vigil and the reading of the names of all 398 New Mexicans who died in the conflict.
Posted: Thursday, March 20, 2014 6:00 pm
Updated: 2:04 pm, Thu Apr 24, 2014.
Ralph Montez of Santa Fe went to see The Wall That Heals at Fort Marcy Ballpark on Wednesday to find the name of an old friend. He found it, etched among the thousands of names on the granite facade: Joseph F. Trujillo.
The visit brought up such a torrent of memories that Montez could not bring himself to return Thursday, when an opening ceremony was held for the traveling monument to the men and women who died during the Vietnam War.
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Thursday, March 20, 2014 6:00 pm.
Updated: 2:04 pm.