Harlandale ISD pays tribute to fallen heroes

Harlandale ISD pays tribute to fallen heroes
Posted on 06/01/2018

Harlandale students, employees and community members paid their respects to the 95 fallen heroes whose names are engraved on the Harlandale Memorial Monument.

The district held its annual Memorial Day ceremony at STEM Early College High School to honor the former students who sacrificed their lives for our country’s freedom.

McCollum HS JROTC students, Cadet Major Dylan Nichols and Cadet Captain Erika San Miguel, welcomed everyone in attendance, and the McCollum JROTC Color Guard proudly conducted the Presentation of Colors.

Harlandale HS 1967 graduate Brother Alex Alvarez asked everyone to join him in prayer, which was followed by the national anthem.

“Annually, the Harlandale family comes together to honor the memory of our heroes,” HISD Superintendent Rey Madrigal said. “These honored individuals thought more of others than they did of themselves. No greater love can be displayed than when a man or woman lays down their life for others. The legacy these young people leave behind will last forever.”

The ceremony also featured heartfelt messages from HISD Board Member Ricardo Moreno, VFW State Commander Edward C. Torres and David Sosa, speaking on behalf of the Chairperson of the original Monument Committee Esteban Sosa.

“These many young lives represent devotion to the principles upon this country was founded, they were called for a period of service, and they answered the call,” Sosa said. “They came from all walks of life, and they represent us.”

Then, one by one, the names of our fallen heroes were read aloud and a bell was rang in their honor. The ceremony concluded with McCollum students Joseph Robledo and Zachary Zepeda playing taps in their memory.  

Afterwards, all the attendees made their way outside the Harlandale Memorial Monument for a tradition that many hold dear to their hearts.

Everyone gathered around the monument to witness the superintendent and board members lay a wreath at the monument. Then, everyone followed by placing red, white and blue carnations in honor of the valiant men and women who lost their lives and will never be forgotten.

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