Harlandale ISD remembers fallen heroes (1)

Harlandale ISD remembers fallen heroes

As part of a long-standing tradition, the Harlandale ISD community honored the 95 service men and women whose names are engraved on the Harlandale Memorial Monument at STEM Early College High School on May 27. Each name represents a former Harlandale ISD student who gave the ultimate sacrifice.  

The ceremony began with a welcome from Harlandale HS JROTC students Hallie Cruz and Andrew Ramirez, followed by a prayer led by Harlandale HS 1967 graduate Brother Alex Alvarez. The HS choir also sang a beautiful rendition of the national anthem.

“Every year, our Harlandale family comes together to honor the memory of our heroes who sacrificed their lives paying the ultimate price for our freedom,” Harlandale ISD Superintendent Rey Madrigal said. “The legacy these veterans leave behind will definitely last forever. We are grateful to the families of those brave men and women who are here in attendance this morning.”

School Board Vice President Juan Mancha delivered heartfelt remarks, followed by David Sosa, son of Monument Committee Chairperson Esteban Sosa, who spoke about the history of the monument on behalf of his father.

“All of us at Harlandale have been touched in some way by those we honor. Our Harlandale heroes are counted among those who have given selflessly to our nation,” Sosa said. “On this Memorial Day weekend, I encourage each of you to take time with family and friends to thank and celebrate those men and women who have served our county and our community with honor. It is because of them that we get to call this country home.”

Former Texas VFW State Commander Edward C. Torres also gave remarks before the official roll call. During roll call, each name was read aloud as guests stood in remembrance of our fallen heroes.

Ceremonial Taps were played before the traditional laying of the wreaths in front of the Harlandale Memorial Monument, which was built in 1971 in honor of former Harlandale ISD students who lost their lives in battle.



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