Fallen soldiers from the Crossroads honored at weekend bash (w/video)
May 24, 2014 at 12:24 a.m.
Memorial Weekend Bash
Six fallen soldiers from the Crossroads were honored Saturday at the Memorial Weekend Bash.
If You Go
WHAT: Memorial Weekend Bash
WHEN: Noon-midnight Sunday
WHERE: Riverside Park
COST: $10 at the gate
Benito Canchola, of Bloomington - Died February 1969, Vietnam War
Andrew Montano, of Victoria - Died August 1969, Vietnam War
Richard Ruiz, of Victoria - Died October 1967, Vietnam War
Albert Salazar, of Victoria - Died October 1944, World War II
Julian Soliz, of Victoria - Died May 1968, Vietnam War
Johnny Villarreal, of Victoria - Died December 1967, Vietnam War
Alvin Soliz said a part of him died when his brother boarded a plane to serve in the Vietnam War.
"I hoped I'd see him again," he said, but when news came home telling him his brother was killed in action, his heart broke. Soliz had 13 brothers and sisters, but his brother Julian was his best friend.
"I couldn't get over it when he died," Soliz, 70, of Victoria, said. "He was a great man - not because he was my brother, but because he would give you the shirt off his back."
The Fallen Heroes Association had a ceremony late Saturday afternoon to honor six Crossroads veterans who lost their lives fighting in war. The dedication took place during the annual Memorial Weekend Bash at Riverside Park.
Soliz said honoring veterans is important, "so people will remember those that died for our freedom."
The Fallen Heroes Association presented the ceremony, and event organizer Johnny Ray Alvarez said they deeply thank Frank Salazar for allowing them the platform to honor the fallen soldiers.
Alvarez, 64, of Victoria, said starting Sunday morning, he is going to find more families in the Crossroads to honor at the event next year.
"These men and women are the reason we live free," he said.