Wednesday, June 28, 2006

The Body of Army Pfc. Menchaca Returns to Texas

The Brownsville Herald reports on the return of the body of Pfc. Menchaca home to Texas. The people of this border town turned out to say "Adios" to their local hero and show support for his family and our country. Here is an interesting part of the article that give you a flavor of the Texas border:

"In addition to the police procession that accompanied Menchaca’s hearse, hundreds of Brownsville residents, some noticeably weeping, drove slowly to the city’s events center. From city officials to “Los Escondidos,” a biker group, every member of the procession carried his own American flag."

“By coming here I am showing my respect,” said Frank Garza, a former soldier. Even though he doesn’t know Menchaca’s family, Garza’s nephew, who is currently assigned to Border Patrol duty, will be driving in from Arizona for the funeral.

Like Garza, Adelaida Rey showed her support by waving a small flag from the side of the road. She brought her grandchildren along to share the experience.

“El estaba peleando por nuestro freedom, y por eso estamos aqui,” she said. “He was fighting for our freedom and because of that we are here.”

Although Rey speaks only Spanish, she carefully pronounces the word “freedom” in English. For the woman waving both Texas and American flags, it’s a word too important to be translated.

While the procession drove by, Rey’s grandchildren were as solemn as she was. “Es importante que lo vean,” she said. “It’s important that they see this.”

RIP Kristian Menchaca...


At 11:09 PM, Blogger MonicaR said...

The article brought a tear to my eyes, CH. What a good thing for all of those people to pay their respects in such a decent way.

At 12:06 PM, Blogger City Troll said...

God Bless him and keep his soul...

Remember him as we celebrate what he died for on the Fourth

At 1:48 PM, Blogger DV said...

God bless him and his family. A true hero. Appreciated this side of the Atlantic as well.

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