The American Military Family

Recently, my husband and I drove from Ft. Bliss, Texas, to Malmstrom AFB, Montana. Bill and I stopped at several historic military posts—some from the mid 1800’s; some more recent. In Ft. Bayard, NM, shivers ran up my spine. Ft Bayard was frozen in time—a beautiful, abandoned ghost town.

The stately Victorian era houses were boarded up. “No Trespassing” signs were taped onto the main entrance of the multistory medical center. I peered into one of the windows—The blue curtains were slightly parted; I could see a very ornate dark brown ceiling fan. I half expected to see a patient peer over the ledge back at me.

Years ago, Ft Bayard was a bustling Army post. Soldiers were busy soldiering; their families going about their daily lives. Lt John Pershing, fresh out of West Point, was stationed here. Back then; Ft Bayard was a vibrant community, full of purpose and…

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