Statues - Hither & Thither

United States of America
Santa Fe
New Mexico

Don Gasper Avenue / S Capitol Place

New Mexico's Eternal Flame


1966

Santa Fe /  New Mexico's Eternal Flame   Santa Fe /  New Mexico's Eternal Flame

Description

Monument with a plateau showing the state symbols and the text 200 CA AA HQ, behind this a column with eternal flame and eagle.

Information Sign

NEW MEXICO'S ETERNAL FLAME
dedicated to her war dead
june 18, 1966

TO THE MEMORY OF THE MEN OF THE 200TH
this marker served to designate the location of the regimental headquarters of the 200th coast
artillery (anti-aircraft), new mexico national guard, while stationed at ft. bliss, texas,
during 1941. it was made by the men of that regiment. later that year, those same soldiers
participated in the heroic defense of the philippine islands on bataan peninsula and were
captured when it fell. they took part in the infamous death march, then went behind the
curtain of secrecy of prison camps imposed by their captors, the japanese. anxiety and
incertainty was the lot of their relatives and friends. this marker was moved from ft.
bliss and placed on the state capitol grounds at santa fe. made by their own hands and thus
representing an intimate link of memory, this marker became a shrine where friends and loved
ones prayed for their deliverance. to perpetuate this sacred memory and to honor the heroic
men of the 200th, both living and dead, the people of new mexico dedicate this monument.
this plaque presented by
bataan veterans organisation

Tags

Location N 35°40'59" W 105°56'27"

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