Adjacent from California’s State Capitol approximately 60-80 veterans, military personnel and other supporters gathered for an event dedicated to the forward progress of restoring and renovating the Mexican-American veterans memorial, known as ‘El Soldado’.

With the sun shining and the wind blowing the CA Department of Veterans Affairs, in celebration of Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month, hosted the event featuring a brass quintet from Detachment 1, 40th Infantry Division Band and the presentation of colors by California Army National Guard; and the national anthem was performed by Staff Sergeant Bradley French from Beale Air Force Base.

Ceremony remarks were made by the Chair of the Mexican American Veterans Memorial Beautification and Enhancement Committee and Adjutant Disabled American Veterans, Dan Contreras; Lieutenant Colonel Juan Mora, Commander of 1st of 184th Infantry Battalion, California Army National Guard; and by California State Treasurer John Chiang.

The event keynote speaker was 28 year US Marine veteran, Assembly Member Rock Chavez- R-76 AD, San Diego County.

On display were war memorabilia provided by the California Military Museum, California Military Department.

California Latino Leadership Institute’s Veteran Academy Fellow, Armando Telles, in collaboration with CAFE de California, provided the display of the photo images of the 61 Hispanic Medal of Honor recipients, whom was referred to by Dan Contreras as ‘the Hispanic Medal of Honor historian’.

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