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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

996 S. Broadway St., Truth or Consequences, NM
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.
Vet Museum open T-Sa 10 am - 4 pm. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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