Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Memorial Offers Quiet Reflection.(Journal North)

Byline: Andy Lenderman Journal Staff Writer

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ANGEL FIRE -- Birds chirped softly while two Vietnam veterans collected their thoughts at this gentle place.

Don McGrath and Ward Nickisch stood outside the Vietnam Veterans National Memorial on Saturday at sunset, and watched the wide Moreno Valley while they tried to summarize their experience here.

"If you want a place to heal and remember, this is the place," said McGrath, a former Marine.

Nickisch, an Army veteran, said quietly: "Memorial Day is about more than picnics at the beach."

Both men and their wives were preparing for today's events at the memorial, which includes prayers, music and a 21-gun salute. …

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