Will Sansom, UT Health Science Center San Antonio, (210) 567-2579
Froylan Garza, VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System, (956) 430-9303
Free and open to public
2011 Salute to our Nation’s Heroes
9:30 to 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11
UT Health Science Center San Antonio – Regional Academic Health Center, 2102 Treasure Hills Blvd., Harlingen, Texas 78550
The Department of Veterans Affairs – VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System, the UT Health Science Center San Antonio – Regional Academic Health Center, and the city of Harlingen proudly present this patriotic program honoring the sacrifices of all who served and fought for our freedom.
Presentation of colors by Harlingen Police Department color guard; singing of The Star-Spangled Banner and recitation of Pledge of Allegiance; remarks by Harlingen Mayor Chris Boswell; remarks by VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System Acting Director Danna Malone; welcome and close by emcee Leonel Vela, M.D., regional dean, School of Medicine, UT Health Science Center; special entertainment
Fifth-graders from Freddy Gonzalez Elementary School, under the leadership of Principal Arnoldo Benavides, will perform a selection of patriotic songs including God Bless America. The elementary school in Edinburg is named for Alfredo “Freddy” Gonzalez (1946–1968), a U.S. Marine Corps sergeant who posthumously received the Congressional Medal of Honor for service in the Battle of Huế during the Vietnam War.
This event is free and open to the public. The city of Harlingen is providing 150 chairs. Punch and cake will be served after the program.