Continuing a 10-year tradition, A.C.E. Club of Mission has organized a Memorial Day service to be held at Leo Pena Placita Park, located on Conway Ave. and 8th Street in downtown Mission. The service will be held Monday, May 26, at 6 p.m., in conjunction with the Mission Historical Museum.
Keynote speaker for the event will be Rolando Perez, a Purple Heart recipient who has served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Perez is currently works for the Mission Police Department as a senior instructor for the Police Academy.
Perez is a 16-year veteran of the U.S. Army. He was injured in Central Baghdad on July 22, 2003 by an IED and RPG attack. After being flown to Germany for treatment, he returned to the battlefield weeks later.
On October 10, 2003, he suffered more serious injuries from a suicide bomber passing by on a tractor that exploded. He was flown to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, where he remained for 8 months of treatment and recovery. He was awarded the Purple Heart, Combat Action Badge and Army Commendation Medal for his service to country.
The Memorial Day ceremony will include music by Krystal Cavazos, of Mission, who will sing the National Anthem and “God Bless America.” Taps will be performed by Rebecca Lee Munoz, of La Joya High School and CWV Post 1065 will execute a 21-Gun Salute to honor fallen soldiers. Our Lady of Guadalupe Cub Scout Pack 305 will perform a dedication.
Following the ceremony, refreshments will be provided at Mission Historical Museum, located at 900 Doherty Ave.
Veterans War Memorial Program
The public is invited to a Program of Remembrance on Monday, May 26 at the Veterans War Memorial of Texas, beginning at 9:30 a.m. The McAllen Fire Dept. and McAllen Police Dept. will serve as the Color Guard and Honor Guard for this ceremony.
McAllen Mayor and Vietnam veteran Jim Darling will give the welcome address and the keynote speaker will be Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, who is also a Vietnam veteran.
Rio Grande Valley soldiers killed in Afghanistan and Iraq will be remembered during the program. Closing the ceremony will be songs and dances led by Vice Chief Pastor Robert Soto of the South Texas Indian Dancers. For more information, contact Jan Hartzog at 956-605-3486 or Col. Frank Plummer at 956-631-2511.
RGV State Veterans Cemetery
The Rio Grande Valley State Veterans Cemetery will honor deceased veterans on Memorial Day with a service conducted by VFW Post 8788 of McAllen, beginning at 8:30 a.m. The cemetery is located at 2520 South Inspiration Rd., in Mission.
American Legion Post 93
Rudy Flores, commander of American Legion Post 93, has announced the post’s Memorial Day service schedule. On Monday, May 26, members of the post will visit local cemeteries to honor deceased veterans. The post will host ceremonies at Laurel Hill Cemetery – 8:30 a.m., San Jose Cemetery – 9 a.m., Catholic Cemetery – 9:15 a.m., Granjeno Cemetery – 10 a.m., and RGV State Veterans Cemetery – 11 a.m. Flags will be placed on veterans’ graves this weekend at local cemeteries with the American Legion Post being assisted by CWV Post 1065 in this effort. The Memorial Day cemetery ceremonies will include a prayer, 21-Gun Salute and Taps at each location. The public is invited to attend.
CWV Post 1065
Mission Catholic War Veterans (CWV) Post 1065 will share the duties of performing Memorial Day ceremonies at local cemeteries. David Silva, post commander, said the schedule on Monday will be as follows: Laurel Hill Cemetery – 8 a.m., Mass at CWV Hall, 500 W. Business 83 – 9 a.m., San Jose Catholic Cemetery – 10:30 a.m., Penitas Cemetery – 11 a.m., and San Jose Cemetery in Abram – 11:30 a.m.
Each of the ceremonies, including the 9 a.m. mass, are open to the public. The mass will be conducted by Rev. Roy Snipes of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.