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1st GLBT veterans' memorial in NM installed on Memorial Day

Updated: 05/26/2014 2:43 PM | Created: 05/26/2014 11:14 AM
By: Elizabeth Reed, KOB.com

ALBUQUERQUE – The gay and lesbian community is celebrating Memorial Day with an inclusive memorial site at the New Mexico Veterans' Memorial Park in Albuquerque.

American Veterans for Equal Rights (AVER) says this is the first GLBT memorial in New Mexico and the third in the country.

"This is a long dreamed project to recognize the many GLBT Veterans and active service members in New Mexico who have served our country well and faithfully from Valley Forge to Afghanistan with great, sometimes very difficult and often silent service to our country," AVER National President Steve Loomis said in a statement.

The inscription on the memorial stone will read: 

"In honor of all who proudly served and now serve our country,
In harm's way, regardless of their race, gender, nationality,
faith, gender identity or sexual orientation. 
Serving in silence, fighting for freedom, since Valley Forge."

The granite stone with inscription will be laid in a plaza of red bricks embossed with the names and branches of LGBT service members and supporters. 

The memorial will be dedicated at 6 p.m.

Composite photo of the Location of the GLBT Veterans Inclusive Memorial.
Photo: American Veterans for Equal Rights

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