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Vietnam Veterans Day
Vietnam Veteran Felix Rodriguez.

Vietnam Veterans Day, March 29:

An opportunity to say "thank you"


Hidalgo County joined over 11,000 local, state and national governmental agencies, state and national organizations, businesses, and others in paying tribute to the men and women who served in the United States Armed Forces during the Vietnam War, by designating March 29 as Vietnam Veterans Day.

The Vietnam War was fought in the Republic of Vietnam from November 1, 1955, to May 15, 1975, and involved regular forces from the Democratic Republic of Vietnam and Viet Cong guerrilla forces in armed conflict with the Armed Forces of the United States.

Hidalgo County Assistant Veterans Service Officer and Specialist 5th Class (E-5) Felix Rodriguez 
– who served in Military Intelligence assigned to the 5th Infantry Division  –accepted the county's Proclamation on behalf of his Vietnam veterans comrades.

"I'm truly honored to be here today," said Rodriguez. "Thank you for acknowledging every  Vietnam Veteran who has served our country."

More than 58,000 members of the Armed Forces of the United States lost their lives in the Vietnam War and more than 300,000 were wounded.
 
In 1982, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated in the District of Columbia to commemorate the members of the Armed Forces of the United States who died or were declared missing-in-action in Vietnam.

Commissioners Court unanimously passed a Proclamation designating March 29, 2019, as Vietnam Veterans Day in honor of the men and women of the United States Armed Forces who served in Vietnam and encourages the community to observe Vietnam Veterans Day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

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Honoring Juan Caranza
Mayor Salvador Vela and wife, Sylvia.

Alton Mayor Salvador Vela honored for over 40 years of service 


Salvador Vela, who has served the community of Alton for more than 40 years as a city commissioner and mayor, was recognized with a resolution in his honor at Commissioners Court.

The resolution, which was presented by Precinct 3 Commissioner Joe M. Flores was in recognition of the mayor's "outstanding service, dedication, and commitment to serving the residents of the City of Alton."                 

Vela served on the inaugural city commission in 1978 when the city was established after residents adopted a general rule charter until he was elected Mayor in 1990. He has served as Mayor of Alton for 28 consecutive years.

Accepting the Resolution, Vela approached the podium and acknowledged his supportive family and community leaders of Alton for serving as "the backbone" of his achievements.

"None of this could have been done without the leaders of Alton; our city grows because we are united," Vela said.

Vela led the development of Alton from a poor, rural community of colonias to a thriving small town with modern amenities and services.
 
“I have to acknowledge and thank Pct. 3 Commissioner Joe Flores for all of his support throughout this great change,” said Vela.  “He would take every single call and was there to help in any way he could to help our community prosper.” 
 
Some of Vela's recent initiatives and projects include bridging the digital divide in the City of Alton by providing free city-wide Wi-Fi, extending sewer services to outside city limits to support new development, and expanding 5 Mile Line.

Throughout his career, Vela has been recognized for his leadership, strong work ethic, and his love for his community and family; he has never forgotten his roots and throughout his years of service has strived to assist as many people in his community as possible and continue to grow and improve the City of Alton.



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Keep McAllen Beautiful clean up project
Keep McAllen Beautiful Board Members and KMB Program Coordinator Chris Lash (far right).

Proclamation declaring April 13, as Great American Cleanup & Don't Mess with Texas Trash-Off Day


Keep McAllen Beautiful, Inc., is a nonprofit organization, that strives to empower individuals to take greater responsibility for enhancing their community environments.

Commissioners Court approved a proclamation in support of the efforts put forth by KMB and the community at large to encourage neighborhood cleanups.

Caring citizens and volunteers of McAllen along with surrounding communities and McAllen ISD campuses are committed and proud to do their part to sustain and improve quality of life by keeping a clean environment. 

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The Valley has grown so rapidly, and now more than ever it is especially important for all of us to take care of our environment," said KMB Program Coordinator Chris Lash.

Keep America Beautiful, Inc., and Keep Texas Beautiful, Inc. in partnership with national sponsors, have established the Great American Cleanup, the largest grassroots effort in the nation to organize and bring national attention to community improvement.

"The Great American Cleanup is a great opportunity for students, businesses and civic groups to join us on Saturday, April 13 at 8 a.m. at McAllen Municipal Park to take part in helping pick up litter along our busy streets, parks, and trails," said Lash.

This is a great way to give back to the community, Lash said.


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Month of the Military Child
Norma Longoria and daughter Leilani 

Proclamation declaring April as Month of the Military Child


Thousands of Texans have shown bravery and commitment in protecting our nation's freedom by serving in the United States Armed Forces.

The Rio Grande Valley is proud to be home to countless children whose parents serve or have served in America's military.

Adorned in purple, symbolizing the colors of all military branches, veteran Norma Longoria and her daughter Leilani accepted a proclamation declaring April as Month of the Military Child.

"This has been in the making for over three years," said Longoria. "It's extremely difficult to leave them and to not be there to comfort them. Most children have extended family close by, but military families stationed away from their hometowns don't have that."

With her child by her side, Longoria explained the hardship any Military family goes through when a parent is deployed.

"This proclamation is so important and personal to me," said Longoria.  "The social and emotional well-being of children in military families is crucial to their success and has a direct impact on the family’s dynamics."

Military-connected children face unique challenges that most youth their age do not experience as a result of constant moves, having a parent that is deployed, coping with a parent who has a combat-related illness and/or injury or grieving the loss of a fallen parent.

"April tenth is Purple Up for Military Kids day," said Longoria. "On this day everyone is encouraged to wear the color purple in support of and to thank military children."

Hidalgo County Commissioners Court supports Military Children and invites the community to pay tribute to their sacrifices and encourages residents to wear purple in support of the cause.

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Pct. 4 honors long time employee Mr. Caranza

Retiree Juan Manuel Carranza honored after over 35 years of service in Precinct 4


Juan Manuel Carranza was presented with a Resolution for over 35 years of distinguished public service to Precinct 4. 

Born on September 27, 1956 in Ohio, Carranza is one of 10 siblings and is happily married with one daughter and two grandchildren.

He began his journey with Hidalgo County Precinct 4 in 1983, and throughout his years of service was promoted under several Commissioners.

After dedicating 35-and-a-half- years to Hidalgo County, Carranza retired in December 2018.

"Thank you very much Judge and Commissioners, I appreciate this honor," said Carranza.

Carranza was a dedicated, committed, and exemplary leader who worked to enhance and service the needs of our community by leading several projects to improve the quality of life and impact the constituents of Hidalgo County, said Precinct 4 Commissioner Ellie Torres.

With a warm round of applause, Judge Richard F. Cortez congratulated Carranza on his service to the county.

"Thank you for all the work you placed in the county," said Cortez.  "We wish you well in your retirement."

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Did you miss Today's meeting?
Watch it at 9 p.m. 
Thursday on KMBH Ch. 10
or on the county's YouTube Channel!


If you missed today's meeting, you can view it on our county website or YouTube Channel by clicking hereYou can also watch Today's Commissioners Court and Drainage District meetings on KMBH TV, cable channel 10, on Thursday at 9 p.m. Or watch it on Friday morning at 9 a.m. on your local school district channel 17.


The next regular meeting of Commissioners court will be on 
Tuesday, April 2
The Drainage District Board of Directors meets at 9 a.m. followed by Commissioners Court at 9:30 a.m.
Meetings are held in the Commissioners Courtroom, located on the first floor of the 
Courthouse Annex III at 100 E. Cano St. in Edinburg.  

View meetings and find other news and events videos on our
Hidalgo County YouTube Channel.
 
To view a copy of the agenda and related backup documentation for this meeting, visit the county website at www.hidalgocounty.us.

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