Reps. Harry Garcia and D. Wonda Johnson Honor Vietnam Veterans
Santa Fe, NM – Two memorials to honor Vietnam veterans passed the New Mexico House. HM 69 requests that a bridge located on Interstate 40, exit 47, at the continental divide, be named after Jackson Gibson. HM 70 requests that a bridge located at Interstate 40, exit 81, in Grants be named the “Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge.” Both memorials are sponsored by Reps. Harry Garcia (D-Grants) and D. Wonda Johnson (D-Church Rock).
“These men and women make the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of us all. New Mexico’s spirit of service to our country is deeply ingrained in our culture and I am proud to honor that service,” said Rep. Harry Garcia.
“A generation of Navajo men and women served in the Vietnam War. It’s only right that our state honor all of our veterans for protecting the freedoms we all enjoy,” said Rep. D. Wonda Johnson.
Jackson Gibson was born and raised in Thoreau, New Mexico. He was a lifelong leader and community advocate for veterans. He passed away last year on August 18. Gibson enlisted in the United States Army and served two tours during the Vietnam War. Just under forty percent of all New Mexico veterans and nearly fifty percent of all combat veterans served in the Vietnam War.
House Democrats recognize that the brave men and women who have sacrificed on behalf of our families, the state, and the nation be remembered, and will work to ensure New Mexico thanks them not only in words, but also with action.