By: Special to The Laredo Sun
In a ceremony at the city hall, Mayor Raul Salinas signed a proclamation declaring the week of the April 24th through the 30th as dedication to the veterans of the Vietnam War.
In the event Dr. Elias Erasmo Riojas, Navy veteran, who was three times in Vietnam, wounded and obtaining numerous medals, including the highest for valor in combat, was honored.
"These soldiers gave their all for their country, risked their lives and many of them never returned to their families, among them are 28 Laredoans who will be remembered," said Salinas.
City councilman John Narvaez and Cindy Liendo Espinoza attended the event along with numerous officials, military officers of the army, navy and air force.
At the event there was a moment of silence to remember and honor the memory of fallen soldiers in the line of duty.
Among the events this week a Mass was held at the chapel of Laredo Community College on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m.
Pastor Mike Barrera will be in charge of officiating.
On Wednesday there was a social celebration for all the soldiers who participated in this war between August 1964 and January 1975.
The party was at the Civic Center from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm.
Today there will be a recognition ceremony for Vietnam veterans in the Memorial Field from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm.
On Friday there will be posthumous services for soldiers killed in action, the event will be at the Laredo Community College and is open to all community members who want to participate.
Saturday will conclude the festivities with a special parade through the streets of downtown Laredo promptly at 10:00 am, with Dr. Dagoberto Carmona as grand marshal.