David Westphall Veterans Foundation… A New Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Angel Fire, NMex… a sacred place for remembrance, honor, duty, and healing…”A hole in my sole…”

by | Jan 9, 2014

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To All of Those Who Lost Their Lives

From Doug Potter. Vietnam 67-69

Angel Fire Vietnam Veterans Memorial…

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

The purpose of the David Westphall Veterans Foundation is to honor America’s veterans and members of its military forces by memorializing the sacrifices they have made and by recognizing the sense of duty and the courage they have displayed as they answered their country’s call to arms.

This purpose is achieved primarily by supporting the mission of the the Vietnam Veterans Memorial State Park. The park provides a memorial to veterans and a Visitors Center that serve as a place for reunion, reflection, healing, and sharing of experiences.

The memorial was originally known as the Vietnam Veterans Peace and BrotherhoodChapel and had its origins in a battle near Con Thien, South Vietnam in which 16 men lost their lives. Among the men, was David Westphall, son of Victor and Jeanne Westphall. Thanks to their vision and determination the memorial exists today to honor not only these 16 Marines but all members of America’s armed forces.


I have had the opportunity to highlight the good work on behalf of veterans in the State of New Mexico in previous postings referenced in the links below.  Today, my post provides an overview and link of a special new Vietnam Veterans Memorial from the David Westphall Veterans Foundation. The most touching tribute featured in the above website, including example photo/note shown above, is the “Memorial Scrapbook.”  It is very heartwarming and healing to look through the 28 photos and notes from veterans and families who have experienced the healing value of this sacred memorial. Trauma survivors can heal their souls and thrive by revisiting the often painful memories of war at memorials close to home, and many other locations in America, including Washington DC. With the use of social media technology we can go to the websites of any of the 100’s of veterans memorials and tributes around the country without even leaving home.

Using my blog, www.survivethriveptsd.com to share the many memorials to those who served and fought for our freedoms is an honor.  I am especially grateful to participate in the mission of creating awareness for the children and families of veterans everywhere who served too!

Steve Sparks



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Steve Sparks is a retired information technology sales and marketing executive with over 35 years of industry experience, including a Bachelors’ in Management from St. Mary’s College. His creative outlet is as a non-fiction author, writing about his roots as a post-WWII US Navy military child growing up in the 1950s-1960s.
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