World War II from the Latino voice
May 27, 2010 at 12:27 a.m.
Benny Martinez served in Korea as the war was ending. Martinez will remember veterans that lost their lives this weekend.
"It's a time to honor all those veterans who died for us to have freedom," said Martinez, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) historian
Author Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez will present her book, "Beyond the Latino World War II Hero: The Social and Political Legacy of a Generation," on Saturday.
"There were half a million Mexicans that served during World War II," said Martinez whose organization and the University of Houston in Victoria will be sponsoring the event.
The book will discuss the role Latinos and Latinas played during Second World War and its aftermath.
"Some said goodbye and didn't come back," said Martinez, who recalls 11 Latino veterans were from Goliad.
Rodriguez's book was developed through interviews conducted with veterans.
Martinez, who will be signing copies of her book, said the event will benefit all.
"It is important for people to know so they can appreciate living in this great country," said Martinez.