“The Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Angel Fire”

Hardback and Paperback now available in the online store. Focused primarily on the Westphalls’ desperate battle to keep their chapel open between 1971 and 1982, the book’s brisk and moving narrative traces the memorial’s evolution from a personal act of family remembrance to its emergence as an iconic pilgrimage destination for thousands of Vietnam veterans.

Winner, BRLA 2020 Southwest Book Awards


Stream Online at Vimeo or Amazon Prime! DVD/Blu-ray disk available both online and in the Gift Shop.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

The purpose of the David Westphall Veterans Foundation is to honor America’s veterans and members of its military forces by memorializing the sacrifices they have made and by recognizing the sense of duty and the courage they have displayed as they answered their country’s call to arms.

This purpose is achieved primarily by supporting the mission of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Angel Fire, New Mexico. Supporting NM Veterans Services in the operation of the Memorial helps fulfill the Foundation’s purpose by providing a memorial to veterans and a Visitors Center that serve as a place for reunion, reflection, healing, and sharing of experiences; for educational displays; for Memorial Day and Veterans Day ceremonies; and as a venue for other patriotic events.

The Memorial was originally known as the Vietnam Veterans Peace and Brotherhood Chapel and had its origins in a battle near Con Thien, South Vietnam in which 17 men lost their lives. Among the men, was David Westphall, son of Victor and Jeanne Westphall. Thanks to their vision and determination the memorial exists today to honor not only these 17 Marines but all members of America’s armed forces.

Please join us for a Meet the Author Book-Signing Event featuring Steven Trout — who wrote “The Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Angel Fire” — on Wednesday, July 20th in San Francisco. The event is hosted by the Marines’ Memorial Club at 609 Sutter Street in San Francisco. Time: 5:30pm, Doors Open & Wine Reception, 6:00 pm Lecture & Book Signing. Several DWVF Board members will attend. Click on the link to register and/or to book your stay. The DWVF is excited to partner with the Marines’ Memorial Association & Foundation to highlight the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Angel Fire on a larger scale and to a larger audience.


All merchandise in the DWVF Gift Shop (except for bricks) will be 10% off through Labor Day (Sept. 5th). Remember us when looking for gifts for family and friends or for yourself. Proceeds from the DWVF Gift Shop go toward raising awareness and providing support for the Angel Fire Memorial and Cemetery. You can purchase in our shop, by phone at 575-377-6900, or online here.

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