Ceremony will begin at 11 a.m.; hosted by city

Submitted, Alice Echo-News Journal

In accordance with House Concurrent Resolution No. 273, the American GI Forum-Pvt. Felix Z. Longoria Chapter of Corpus Christi will conduct ceremonies celebrating the legacy of Dr. Hector P. Garcia in Three Rivers at 11 a.m. on Wednesday.

The city of Three Rivers was chosen to conduct the ceremonies because of the history and significance of Dr. Hector P. Garcia's involvement during the Pvt. Felix Z. Longoria incident in 1949.

Longoria was subsequently buried at Arlington National Cemetery with the help of Garcia and then U.S. Sen. Lyndon Johnson, thus making Longoria the first Mexican-American to be buried at the site where our nation's heroes rest.

Wanda Garcia from Austin, the daughter of Dr. Hector P. Garcia, will be the honored guest speaker.

In addition, the group will also commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month in which this year's theme is, "Hispanic Americans: Making a Positive Impact on American Society." American GI Forum members from the national, state, and local levels will also be in attendance.

This event will be held at Three Rivers City Hall on the grounds of Montgomery Square, located at 105 N. Harborth (State Highway 281) between Alexander and Thornton streets.

Three Rivers Mayor James Liska will be addressing the community as well with his welcoming remarks.