Harlandale ISD remembers fallen heroes

As part of a long-standing tradition, the Harlandale ISD community honored the 95 servicemen and women whose names are engraved on the Harlandale Memorial Monument. Each name represents a former Harlandale ISD student who gave the ultimate sacrifice.   

This year’s Memorial Day Ceremony began with a welcome from Harlandale HS JROTC students Rocendo “Rocky” Hernandez and Jandrea Manriquez, followed by a prayer led by Harlandale HS 1967 graduate Brother Alex Alvarez. The Harlandale HS JROTC Color Guard proudly presented the colors and the Harlandale HS choir sang a beautiful rendition of the national anthem. 

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Samantha Gallegos gave heartfelt remarks on behalf of Superintendent Rey Madrigal, followed by School Board President Carlos Quezada who also spoke about the momentous occasion. David Sosa, son of Monument Committee Chairperson Esteban Sosa, spoke about the history of the monument on behalf of his father.

Harlandale HS JROTC senior Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Paul Rodriguez and Alvarez also gave remarks before the official roll call.

“We owe those who have died and who are currently serving in the Armed Forces our undying gratitude, honor, respect, and support, not only on Memorial Day, but every day because as a nation we enjoy the fruits of their efforts, sacrifices, and service,” Alvarez said.

During roll call, each name was read out loud and a bell was rang as guests stood in remembrance of our fallen heroes.

Ceremonial Taps were played after 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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