The theme for this year’s Veterans Day ceremony Wednesday at Vietnam Veterans Memorial State Park in Angel Fire will be “We Were There: Veterans Stories” and will feature veterans who will briefly share their individual experiences in Vietnam, New Mexico State Parks says.
State Parks said in a news release that three first-person stories will be presented during the ceremony that begins at 11 a.m. in the amphitheater. The speakers will include Retired Lt. Col. Robert Harasick, who served in the 101st Airborne; his wife, Retired Lt. Col. Marilyn Harasick, who served as a nurse at the 85th Evacuation Hospital in Phu Bai; and Robert Ulibarri, who is current president of Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 318 in Albuquerque.
“We are going to hear from folks who were there and hear part of their stories,” Park Manager Tom Turnbull said. “We welcome and honor any and all veterans who attend our services. Welcome Home!”
The news release said that due to construction work on the park’s visitors center, which is being renovated and expanded, people who attend Wednesday’s Veterans Day ceremony in the amphitheater should dress in layers and be prepared for any weather conditions.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Angel Fire was established in 1968 by Victor and Jeanne Westphall. It was formally transferred to New Mexico State Parks in 2005 and is the only state park in the United States dedicated solely as a Vietnam Veterans Memorial, according to the news release.