The amphitheater at the New Mexico Veterans Memorial, off Louisiana SE, is normally full on Memorial Day with as many as 2,000 people with a flag procession and patriotic music to honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
It will be empty this year on the holiday Monday, with perhaps a few people and a roadrunner family milling about the park because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The threat of coronavirus forced the cancellation of the annual ceremony.
“A big part of our constituency here is vulnerable to the virus,” said Bernie Lambe, who is president of both the New Mexico United Veterans Council and the New Mexico Veterans Memorial Foundation. “We want to ensure the safety of the veterans who would have attended. We determined it wasn’t worth the risk of anybody’s life.”