Dec 26, 2013

Gold Star Mothers of America - New Mexico

Fallen Warrior Wall for our American Gold Star Mothers of New Mexico by Horses For Heroes - New Mexico, Inc. 2013

Since 2011 we have been blessed to be partnered with the American Gold Star Mothers (AGSM) Albuquerque, NM Chapter.

In a heartfelt gesture of respect, honor and gratitude we decided to honor their sons and daughters, our post 9-11 brothers and sisters and Fallen Heroes by designing a memorial that would be both a dignified and moving tribute as well as something that would express the feelings of our ranch and warrior /cowboy spirit that is alive here.

The results are a 4-foot by 6-foot wood and metal shadow box wall sculpture. Constructed of our re-claimed barn wood and patina metal with hand stamped brass dog tags containing the name, rank, branch of service, date of birth, and place the fallen hero made their ultimate sacrifice.  A large Gold Star circled with a wreath duplicating the AGSM logo completes the flag like design.

Of the pair, one dog tag is permanently mounted on the wall and the second dog tag hangs from a 4-inch brass chain.  A wind chime effect takes place as the dangling tags flutter in the wind and recessed lighting casts a soft shadow on the dog tags.

At our 2013 Cowboy Christmas Dinner the Fallen Hero Wall was unveiled and the first seven dog tags were presented to the attending Albuquerque Chapter Mothers and their spouses.  Cabinet Secretary Tim Hale, NM Dept. of Veterans Services assisted us in these presentations.

This memorial will be permanently installed on the West wall of our Warrior Bunkhouse as a Tribute to our Fallen Heroes of New Mexico.