Albuquerque, New Mexico 2021-05-31 07:46:56 –
Albuquerque, New Mexico (KRQE) – anniversary This day is a memorial day for the millions of people who lost their lives while serving our country. For one of the Albuquerque veterans, this year we’re closer to home.
It’s been a year since the life of former US Army Captain Phil Velázquez changed forever. “I lost my brother, I lost my brother’s sergeant. Velázquez,” Velázquez said.
His brother Joseph died in a hit-and-run accident while stationed in Georgia. “We wanted to get together, but I think you need to cherish that moment,” Velázquez said.
The pair did everything together and grew at intervals of just over a year. “We both have been in the military for over 20 years,” Velázquez said.
Now Phil is always trying to remember his memories. “I used to wear a bracelet with the names of everyone I was sent with, but now I have to wear a bracelet with the names of my brothers,” Velasquez said. I will.
Living every day for everyone he lost over the years. “What will James Hub do, what will Chad Paul do, or what will my brother Joseph Velázquez do,” Velázquez said.
“It’s memory, emotion, chills, and accepting the worst when everything is heading in the opposite direction of what you want,” Velázquez said.
For Phil and his family, one day is not enough to remember Joseph. “This is a time of mourning for me, but a time to really look back and thank him for the time I spent with him,” Velázquez said.
It will change the meaning of his life and Memorial Day forever. “I hate this, but I’m now part of the Gold Star family,” Velázquez said. Master sergeant Joseph Velázquez was in military service for 21 years before his death. He is buried in the National Cemetery in Santa Fe.
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