Statue of Liberty with street lamp.

Mini-Vietnam Wall and Statue of Liberty

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Truth or Consequences, New Mexico

A well-maintained Veterans' Memorial Park stands next to a small, local military museum, and features a number of extra-effort monuments.

There's a half-scale Vietnam Wall replica with the names of all the dead American soldiers from that conflict. An old artillery piece points westward. A walkway cuts back and forth in the shape of a large star, interspersed with plaques acknowledging armed encounters, from the earth-shaking to the obscure ("Invasion of Panama - 'Operation Just Cause' - Deaths: 23"). At the star's center is a painted sculpture of the world atop a column, an America eagle above that, seemingly ready to claw where duty next calls.

A combined Independence Day 1776 and 9/11 tribute, made from a small fiberglass Statue of Liberty holding aloft a street lamp bulb, helps dispel the darkness of terrorism from a town named for a game show.

Mini-Vietnam Wall and Statue of Liberty

Veterans Memorial Park

Address:
996 S. Broadway St., Truth or Consequences, NM
Directions:
Veterans Memorial Park. Southwest edge of town, on the south side of S. Broadway St., about 1.5 miles east of I-25 exit 75.
Hours:
Vet Museum open T-Sa 10 am - 4 pm. (Call to verify)
Phone:
575-894-0750
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