NM war vets to share personal stories at ABQ memorial

Updated: 01/11/2014 6:38 PM | Created: 01/11/2014 6:26 PM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

New Mexico war veterans will be sharing their stories in the next few months at the Veterans Memorial in southeast Albuquerque.

On Saturday, a World War II army vet kicked off the series.

Charles Carlson was just a young man when he fought in World War II and Saturday morning was the first time in his life he’s talking about it.

“One time at a dinner I was going, somebody asked me something. I was going to talk. I started crying so I don’t talk,” said Charles Carlson.

For many who attended, they share the same memories. Vincent Cordova also fought in World War II. “I get emotional like he did when I think of it,” said Vincent Cordova.

This is especially true when some of those stories are about family and friends who lost their lives fighting.

“Remember that freedom isn’t free,” added Cordova.

While it may be difficult to talk about it all, Carlson is grateful there is a place where he can share his story with people who get it.

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