The last Monday of every May is set aside as a day of remembrance for those who have served our country. Citizens of Albuquerque and New Mexico join those across the nation in honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice. To observe the holiday, many people visit memorial and cemeteries. Volunteers place American flags on grave sites of national cemeteries, and a moment of remembrance takes place at 3 p.m. local time.
Updated for 2014.
Find other activities happening over Memorial weekend.
Summertime in Old Town: Memorial Day Concert
Spend the evening in Old Town with a Memorial Day tribute concert. From 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., hear the Albuquerque String Trio, and from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., hear a classic military ensemble with the American Legion Drum and Bugle Corps. The free concert takes place in Old Town plaza on Saturday, May 24.
The New Mexico Veterans' Memorial, Museum, & Conference Center in Albuquerque serves as a reminder to those who have been lost in wars. The museum commemorates and honors those who made the decision to serve, and on Memorial Day there will be a special ceremony. A music prelude starts at 9 a.m., the ceremony at 10 a.m. Parking is crowded so come early, or use the park and ride shuttle services along Gibson and Louisiana at the Kirtland Credit Union and Bank of America.
When: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., Monday, May 26
Where: 1100 Louisiana SE
Sacrifice & Service: The American Military Family
The special exhibit features the voices of American military families. Included with regular admission.
When: May 26 - August 31
Where: National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, 601 Eubank SE
Rio RanchoRio Rancho plans a parade and remembrance ceremony for Memorial Day. The parade begins at 10 a.m. at Country Club Drive, continuing down Southern Boulevard, and ending at the Rio Rancho Veterans Monument Park on Pinetree Road (adjacent to Esther Bone Library). Following the parade, there will be a remembrance ceremony honoring those who have served. Memorial service at 11 a.m.
When: 10 a.m., Monday, May 26
Where: Veterans Memorial Park, Southern and Pinetree
Santa FePay tribute to the men and women who lost their lives in defense of our country.
When: Monday, May 26
Where: Santa Fe National Cemetery
National Cemetery Memorials in New Mexico
Fort Bayard National Cemetery will have a Memorial Day ceremony beginning at 10 a.m. For more information, contact Ray Davis at (575) 534-0780.
There will be a flag march along US 64 to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at 9 a.m. on May 26, and ceremonies will take place in the ampitheater at 11 a.m. Visit the Vietnam Veterans State Park Memorial weekend for other activities. On Sunday, May 25 a Candlelight Vigil takes place at 6 p.m. On Saturday, May 24 at 3 p.m. there will be a flag retirement ceremony.
From colonial times to the present day, New Mexico has served its country. To find out more about New Mexico military history, visit the New Mexico Veterans' Memorial, Museum, & Conference Center's military history page.