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Governor Clyde Tingley

1882 - 1960

 

William A. Keleher Collection

Center for Southwest Research

University of New Mexico


RESOLUTION

 

WHEREAS, The people of Albuquerque and the State of New Mexico will be forever mindful of the heroic deeds performed and the super-human sacrifices endured by the men of the 200th Coast Artillery Anti-Aircraft Regiment on Luzon, Philippine Islands, that freedom and liberty of mankind shall be preserved; and

 

WHEREAS, The people of Albuquerque desire, in a spirit of humility, to pay tribute to its soldiers, both living and dead, who served so nobly, that their deeds and sacrifices shall forever be etched in the memories of the people of the community which they left for so valiant service to their country;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO,

 

THAT in memory of the heroic deeds and super-human sacrifices of the boys of this community, who served in the 200th Coast Artillery Anti-Aircraft Regiment, that the public park situated north of Las Lomas Road in the McDuffie Place Addition to the City of Albuquerque, New Mexico, be and it hereby is named “BATAAN MEMORIAL PARK,” and is hereby forever dedicated in that name to that purpose.

 

 

Introduced by Clyde Tingley

Chairman, City Commission and Ex-officio Mayor of Albuquerque, New Mexico

 

 

 

The above resolution was read during a regular meeting of the City Commission at City Hall on March 2, 1943. The resolution was passed, adopted, signed and approved and the seal of the City of Albuquerque was affixed on that day, March 2nd, 1943.

 

The following day, the Albuquerque Tribune reported: “The city is planting 200 trees, termed by Mayor Tingley ‘as a living monument to the men’ around the outer edges of the five-acre tract.”

 

In his 1997 inaugural address, Mayor Jim Baca said, “Our work, from this day forward, is to be Guardians of the City. Guardianship is the act of caring for that which has been entrusted to us.” In referring to the parks begun under Clyde Tingley’s administration, Mayor Baca called Mr. Tingley a leader “who showed us the meaning of guardianship.” Mayor Baca reminded his audience that during his campaign he oft repeated the words, “We are only borrowing this place from future generations.” He closed this thought with the statement, “Every decision we make must work not only for us but for all generations to come.”

 

The Bataan-Corregidor Memorial Foundation was formed by surviving Bataan and Corregidor veterans in order to preserve the historical integrity of Bataan Memorial Park . . . for future generations.