Massing of the Colors to Highlight 2015 Flag Day Ceremony in Santa Fe

For Immediate Release

June, 2015

Saturday/June 13 (9:30a.m.)

Santa Fe/Santa Fe Veterans Memorial

(Intersection of West DeVargas & Galisteo Streets)

(SANTA FE, NM)—New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services Secretary Jack Fox is scheduled to take part in the 2015 Flag Day/20th Annual Massing of the Colors ceremony at 9:30a.m. on Saturday, June 13 at the Santa Fe Veterans’ Memorial, located on the northwest corner of the Bataan Memorial Building at the intersection of West DeVargas and Galisteo Streets).

The public is invited to attend the festivities, which is once again presented by the Santa Fe Chapter of the Military Order of World Wars (MOWW).  A free concert by the Santa Fe Concert Band will precede the ceremonies at 9a.m.

Joining Secretary Fox will be MOWW National President CINC CAPT. John Hayes (USAF-Retired), who will deliver the Keynote Address. In addition to the Santa Fe Concert Band, music will also be provided by the Valley of Santa Fe Scottish Rite Order of the Thistle Pipes and Drum Corps, and guest soloist Frances Fernandes.

The highlight of the ceremony will be the colorful Massing of the Colors–featuring veterans’ organizations and other community groups parading towards the monument bearing the flags of their organizations, the United States, and New Mexico.

For more information or to become a part of this always-colorful ceremony, please contact Bob Mallin at

Flag Day is officially observed on June 14. Though not an official national holiday, it commemorates the adoption of the Flag of the United States on this day in 1777 by Resolution of the Second Continental Congress.

President Woodrow Wilson issued a Proclamation in 1916 asking that June 14 be set aside as Flag Day. In August of 1949, a National Flag Day was officially established by Congress.


Ray Seva

Public Information Officer,

New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services

(505) 362-6089 cell

 Bataan Memorial Building

407 Galisteo Street

Room 132

Santa Fe, NM  87504-2324

American Flag at Half-staff on Friday, May 15, 2015


Each May, our Nation salutes the American women and men who put their lives on the line every day to maintain public safety and hold accountable those who break the law. On Peace Officers Memorial Day and during Police Week, we recognize all those who have dedicated their lives to this vital task. With heavy hearts, we mourn the heroes taken from us only because they chose to serve, and we rededicate ourselves to carrying forward their noble legacy.

Our law enforcement officers have extraordinarily tough jobs. They regularly work in dangerous environments and in difficult, high-tension situations. And they often face challenges deeply rooted in systemic problems and broader social issues. These professionals serve to protect their communities and strengthen their Nation, and they deserve to go home safely to their loved ones at the end of each shift. As President, I am committed to making sure America’s dedicated police officers receive the support and recognition they have earned, and to doing all I can to protect those who protect us.

One important way to make policing safer and more effective is by continuing to enhance relations and trust between law enforcement and the neighborhoods they serve. This will make it easier and safer for police officers to do their jobs, and it will strengthen the places we live and work. This important task will require our Nation — our communities, our law enforcement, and our leaders at every level — to come together to commit to meeting this challenge and moving our country forward, block by block and neighborhood by neighborhood. As President, I firmly believe it is within our power to make progress in our time, and I am dedicated to partnering with all those who are willing to do this necessary work.

My Administration is taking concrete steps to implement the commonsense, pragmatic recommendations my Task Force on 21st Century Policing put forward based on input from law enforcement personnel as well as criminal justice experts, community leaders, and civil liberties advocates. And we are engaging with local jurisdictions so they can begin to make the changes that will help ensure that police officers and their communities are partners in battling crime and that everyone feels safe on and off the job. » Read more

Please help MAMF acquire a permanent home

Photo of Building for Sale

The Museum of the American Military Family & Learning Center needs your help. We’ve found a building to buy in Albuquerque, NM, and can take immediate possession with $35,000 down, and open the doors this summer.

MAMF honors Military Families—of all branches and all generations—If we all pitch in, we can help create a permanent museum showcasing Military Families.

All supporters will be recognized in the museum in a permanent display. Together, we can do this!

MAMF is an all-volunteer 501c3 nonprofit. Your contribution will help make this a reality.

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We’ve Found a Building to Buy: How You Can Help!

After years of looking, the Museum of the American Military Family has found a great building in a perfect location in Albuquerque, NM.

It will cost around $220,000 to buy. With your support, we can create a physical museum dedicated to our unique culture.

Your tax deductible contribution in any amount will help us continue to:

  • Honor America’s Military Families
  • Share their stories
  • Preserve their legacies
  • Recognize the countless men, women and children who stand beside America’s Service Members

We are a 501c3 nonprofit with an all-volunteer Board. Your support will be acknowledged in the museum building.

It will take all of us to create this unique museum–we appreciate your support!


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4 Voices Performance at the Raymond G. Murphy Medical Center in ABQ

On March 27, MAMF Director, Circe and MAMF Writer-in-Residence, Caroline joined poets Jacqueline Murray Loring  and Karin Bradberry onstage to perform as “4 Voices”. The Apronistas, a collective of women artists brought along their healing dolls as part of Women’s History Month events. Here are some photos from the 27th.



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Month of the Military Child

Photo of Dandelion with Month of the Military Child
Story from the Army News Service  and  The Bayonet Photo: Bing copyright-free images

Whereas, since 1986, Army installations around the world recognize the sacrifices and applaud the courage of military children by celebrating the Month of the Military Child throughout the month of April; and

Whereas, each day, military children undergo unique challenges, which they face with resilience and dignity beyond their years; and

Whereas, it is essential to recognize that military children make significant contributions to the country while dealing with uncertainty and concern for their parents during extended hours and long deployments; and

Whereas, the high demand of Family responsibility that military children accept takes courage and strength as they serve the Nation along with their parents; and

Whereas, our men and women in uniform cannot focus on the missions or challenges ahead if they are concerned about their children at home; and

Whereas, the Army strives to provide a safe, nurturing environment for military children to enable a stronger and more resilient fighting force; and

Whereas, the Month of the Military Child reinforces this concept, reminds the nation that the service members’ children also serve, and gives communities an opportunity to share their gratitude for the service of military children; and

Now, therefore, we hereby join the nation in honoring our military children throughout the month of April.

John M. McHugh Secretary of the Army

Gen. Raymond T. Odierno Army chief of staff

Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey Sergeant Major of the Army

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Talking Service: A Reading & Discussion Program for New Mexico Veterans

Child in service member's arms

Contact: Circe Olson Woessner at (505) 504-6830; Museum of the American Military Family

Contact: Michelle Quisenberry at (505) 633.7370; New Mexico Humanities Council

 Albuquerque, March 27, 2015– In a unique collaboration, the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce has joined forces with the New Mexico Humanities Council and the Museum of the American Military Family to offer Talking Service, a new reading and discussion program for veterans to reflect on their service and the transition to civilian life.  The program will take place in April on Wednesday evenings from 6:30pn-8:00pm. At the Hispano Chamber of Commerce, veterans can come together to discuss military themed readings from the anthology, Standing Down. The discussions will be facilitated by Caroline LeBlanc, Writer-in-Residence of the Museum of the American Military Family.

Talking Service, hosted at the Hispano Chamber of Commerce, is part of a national initiative by the Great Books Foundation and state humanities councils to offer veterans the opportunity to reflect on their service and talk openly about their challenges and future aspirations.  It is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities Standing Together initiative, which encourages humanities programs that focus on the history, experience, or meaning of war and military service.  The Great Books Foundation donated copies of Standing Down to state humanities councils, who in turn provide the textbooks to participating veterans in their states.


Talking Service is free and open to past and present members of the Armed Forces. For more information about the program and how to join, please contact Dr. Circe Olson Woessner, Executive Director , Museum of the American Military Family at 505 504-6830 » Read more

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