To honor the heroism and patriotism of men and women who put their lives in the frontline to achieve freedom for the common good of their country, the Society of Genealogy and History of San Elizario (SEGHS) distinguished five ex-combatants.
With the organization of a parade and a ceremony, the veterans received medals, diplomas, and a flag for their service in the armed forces.
Al Borrego, president of SEGHS and promoter of the event said that for 22 years they have paid tribute to former combatants during the commemoration of Veterans Day.
The former soldiers recognized this year were: Martín Medina, 1963-1965; George Rey, 1964-1993; Eloy ‘Joe’ Soto, 1972-1978; Javier Soto, 1974-1977; and Octavio Hernandez, 2001-2011. The award for Community Service, given by the State of Texas, went to Octavio Hernández and this day is an occasion to reaffirm that recognition by the City.
The commemoration was attended by Mary González, state congressman from District 75; Vince Pérez, Precinct 3 Commissioner, and Antonio Araujo, Mayor of the city, among other guests.