Colonel James W. Baker, Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, U.S. Army Sustainment Command at Rock Island Arsenal was the keynote speaker at the LULAC Davenport Closing Ceremony of National Hispanic Heritage Month.
Every year on October 15 the League of United Latin American Citizens, Council 10, honors all Americans who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces with a ceremony by laying 7 floral wreaths in the Mississippi River honoring each branch of the military.
William Albracht of Moline, a 3 time Silver Star recipient and having served in Vietnam, also spoke in observance of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War. The Mexican American Veterans Association (MAVA); Vietnam Veterans Chapter 299; Rock Island American Legion Post 200; and, the Quad Cities Area Patriot Riders also participated.
This is the 5th year that LULAC members have made the floral wreaths for the Closing Ceremony.
After the ceremony at the LULAC Center, 8 new names were added to its LULAC Veterans Memorial Wall.
Peter Ortega; John Ortega; George Ramirez; Christine Theoming – U.S. Army
Sergio A. Casillas; Andrew P. Casillas; Joe Ramirez – U.S. Marines
Tony Ramirez – U.S. Air Force