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Memorial Day in Albuquerque
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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 2013.

Find other activities happening over Memorial weekend.

New Mexico's Fallen Heroes


25th Anniversary Run for the Wall
The annual caravan of veterans and their supporters rides to the Vietnam Wall in Washington, D.C. on Memorial Day weekend. The riders start in California and riders join as they go across the nation to meet in Arlington, VA on May 25. This year, the route allows the vets to stop in Albuquerque.
When: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., Friday, May 17
Where: 1100 Louisiana SE

Memorial Day Remembrance
Old Town becomes a place of remembrance as the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces in a special one day event. A flag ceremony at noon will be followed by live music and dance. Ballet en Fuego will take the stage at 6 p.m. and Mickey Cruz will perform at 7 p.m.
When: Noon - 9 p.m., Friday, May 24
Where: Old Town

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 27
Where: 1100 Louisiana SE

Rio Rancho

Rio 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. Mayor Tom Swisstack will speak.
When: 10 a.m., Monday, May 27
Where: Veterans Memorial Park, Southern and Pinetree

Santa Fe

Pay tribute to the men and women who lost their lives in defense of our country.
When: 10:30 a.m., Monday, May 27
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 Fort Bliss National Cemetery at (575) 574-0361.

The Santa Fe National Cemetery Memorial Day ceremony begins at 10:30 a.m. at the gazebo. Call the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services at (505) 988-6400 for information.

Angel Fire
There will be a flag march along US 64 to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and ceremonies will take place in the ampitheater at 11 a.m. Visit the Vietnam Veterans State Park Memorial weekend and see the ceremony on Monday, May 27. On Sunday, May 26 a Candlelight Vigil takes place at 6 p.m.

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.

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