On behalf of the Latino Veterans World War II Project, we would like to extend many thanks to the people who helped make it a huge success. We had nine out of 12 invited veterans attend on Saturday. We really believe they enjoyed the day and enjoyed the well-deserved and long-awaited recognition that they received.
Thanks to the University of Texas team that came and set up the whole project. Frank Morón was the project chairperson and did a fantastic job.
Thank you, Veronica C. Morón (Frank’s wife) for spending the whole day helping. Thank you, Roy Galvan and the BISD, for the use of the school facilities.
Thanks also to Frank Gonzales and Richard Rodriguez, commander and assistant commander of VFW Post 9170. They provided a pre-interview breakfast for the vets and their families on Dec. 6, 2008, to explain what the project was about. They also provided breakfast taquitos and a barbecue plate for lunch on Saturday.
Thanks to the Pantry Stores for the good taquitos. Thank you to the local people who volunteered and conducted the actual interviews of the veterans. Thanks to Judge David Silva, Commissioner Eloy Rodriguez, Jesse DeRusse, Adolfo Dominguez, Alcario Alvarado, Martin Montez and Paul Jaure. Thank you to the families of the vets who helped in any way they could.
Thank you, Fred Morón Jr., the American Legion and the Vietnam Vets Association, for your financial donations. Thanks also to the staff from Congressman Rubén Hinojosa’s office for their contributions. We would also like to thank the Beeville Bee-Picayune for its superb coverage of this event.
We look forward to the next session in the near future to interview the ones we missed.
Rudy A. Garcia, president, Bee County Historial Society; Frank Gonzales, Commander, VFW Post 9170; Richard Rodriguez, Assistant Commander, VFW Post 9170; Frank Moron, chairperson, WWII Latino Vet Project