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A Report from Cmdr Castilleja on Activities of the Seguin Manuel Castilla Chapter

By Commander Javier Castilleja

American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: SEGUIN, Texas–To all members of the of the American Gi Forum (AGIF), on September 20, 2019 AGIF SEGUIN MANUEL CASTILLA chapter held a flag raising ceremony at Manuel Park, the ceremony coincided with National POW/MIA Day of Remembrance.  Our Honor Guard Santo Castillo, and Bruno Martinez posted the U.S. & POW/MIA Flag at half mass.  A lone table, set for one, represented each serviceman and servicewoman who remains missing in action. 

Members of the American Legion Riders was in attendance as well to show support as well as county officials and community members.  Javier Castilleja Commander addressed the crowd in attendance.... We made the front page and 3rd page with 7 Pictures total.

Following the ceremony, Commander Castilleja along with American Legion traveled to Floresville to Frank M. Tejeda Texas State Veterans Home.  A POW/MIA Ceremony was conducted by Floresville Local VFW.  After the Ceremony We passed out 20 U.S. Flags donated by FIELD OF HONOR, was given out to Veterans.  The facial expression on each Veteran was Priceless. 

We have started working w/other veteran group in our community to show that all veterans groups can work together, a Gold Star wife who lost her husband to suicide is in need of repairs to her porch.  American Legion Riders volunteered to do the repairs and pay for cost of material ($300.00), American Legion asked us (AGIF) if we would like to partner up and help with the project and split the cost.  We gladly accepted (Donation $150.00).

On September 12, 2019 we held elections of officers, officers are as follows: Javier Castilleja-Commander; Louis R. Ramirez-Vice Commander; JP Amador-Sgt. at Arms; Rene Ramos-Secretary; Chris Aviles-Treasurer; Bruno Martinez-Chaplin.  We would like to welcome our new member Traylyn Bush, she Retired from the U.S. Navy after 20 yrs. of service.... She is the daughter Of Rene Ramos (Secretary) and Grand Daughter of Demetrio Ramos (WWII Vet).

Our local National Guard 4-133rd Field Artillery Regiment Seguin is holding a Deployment Ceremony 9 November 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in San Marcos, Rattler Stadium.  Commander Javier R. Castilleja will be in attendance from our local AGIF Chapter.  11 November 2019, the city of Seguin will be hosting their annual Veterans Day Parade, AGIF Chapter will be in the Parade.  Parade Starts down-town Seguin Ending at Seguin Veterans Park with all Seguin’s Veterans Organization Commanders giving a brief speech. 

In September 12, 2019 we held our monthly meeting... We have created a Chapter email, I ask that any correspondence be sent to:  from now on.  I also ask that any mail be sent to: 

American GI Forum Seguin-Manuel Castilla Chapter
P.O. Box 804,
Seguin Texas 78156

For all AGIF related business please communicate with Commander Castilleja at: 830-302-6936 or Home 830-491-5048. This is to ensure that all verbal communications are relayed to our members properly and accurately. Thank you.  


Javier R. Castilleja
Commander, American GI Forum-Seguin Manuel Castilla Chapter

San Felipe Del Rio Women's Annual Scholarship Fundraiser

American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Reporlt: DEL RIO, Texas – San Felipe Del Rio American GI Forum Women's Chapter recently celebrated their Annual Fundraiser for scholarships - This Concession Event was held Sunday, July 17, 2016. The event was designed to help young ladies participate in a contest to raise money for Scholarships. The event (see Photos) was very successful making it possible for our local youth to participate in the scholarship program by submitting or applying for grants next fall.

This year’s Royals are: Briana Renteria - American GI Forum Ambassador Mia Cruz – San Felipe Del Rio American GI Forum Women's Chapter Queen Victoria Rios – Fermin Calderon American GI Forum Queen

We Congratulate Ms. Dolores Martinez and her committee from the women’s group for spearheading this event. Del Rio Fermin Calderon Chapter work with the San Felipe Women in other events as they continue with their successful Scholarship Programs. These two groups will be our hosts when we meet in Del Rio in October for our Fall Board Meeting.

2016  San Felipe Women's Event Photos

Beatrice Perez Annual Veterans and Youth Education & Technology Ceremony

American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: Robstown, Texas – Since 1996, the Beatrice T Perez Robstown Women’s Chapter has been able to give back to the neighboring communities to continue to promote the American GI Forum motto, “Education is our Freedom and Freedom Should be Everybody’s Business!”

Over the years we have provided scholarships and devices to help our students, all who have proven to be successful with the help of our contributions. It is very important that we continue to help our deserving veteran’s community and students and pass down our vision of education just like we would any family tradition. Click Here to view photos of the event.

A tradition in which Dr. Hector P. Garcia was ahead of his time, creating an educational path for all Americans. There is no better time than now, to promote self esteem to be all we can be and grow to become a future leader and a role model in today’s society.

It is our generation that is making movements like no others in history. And it’s this generation and our founder’s legacy that must still be present in these current day movements!

Congratulations to the scholarship recipients, also to the schools that received a tangle asset for educational purposes, and most importantly to all of our sponsors thank you for believing and trusting us with our work.

Leslie E. Cristan


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2015 Fiestas Patrias Honors AGIF Commander Martinez with Distinguished Hispanic Award 

American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: HOUSTON, Texas – Each year, National Hispanic Heritage Month is observed from September 15 – October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of Hispanic Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. September 15 is the anniversary of Independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their Independence on September 16 and September 18, respectively. October 12 or Columbus Day is also known as Dia de la Raza.

In 1969, the Houston Fiestas Patrias Parade Committee established the Fiestas Patrias Distinguished Hispanic Award to honor the individuals who have made substantial contributions for the progress of the Hispanic Community. This effort was undertaken to recognize and thank these individuals for their initiative and sacrifice. Most importantly, it is to instill community pride and highlight the recipient as role model for our youth.

The recipient for the 2015 Fiestas Patrias Distinguished Hispanic Award goes to State Commander John L. Martinez from the American GI Forum. He joins other distinguished members of the Lucian Adams chapter most notably Mr. Frank Orozco and Mr. Richard Perez. An audience of over 400 attended the award ceremony at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Houston Texas on September 10, 2015. This is the 47th Awardee since its inception.


Fiestas Patrias Parade – Houston Texas
The Lucian Adams Chapter and the Greater Houston Chapter of the American GI Forum and students from the Tejano Center for Community Concern as they do every year marched in Houston’s 47th Annual Fiesta Patrias Parade on Saturday, September 19. The parade was televised on channel 13, local ABC affiliate, and on Ch
annel 43.3(Hispanic TV station). Also, a Chinese newspaper advertised the parade nationwide.  

UPDATE: Houston METRO Showcases Heroes

Dedication Ceremony Honors Community Heroes 

American GI Forum Of Texas, Inc. Report: (HOUSTON, TX) – Over 200 attended the Northline Transit Center / Houston Community College Station Community Heroes dedication ceremony on Saturday, September 20, 2014.  

Mistress of Ceremonies was Cynthia Cisneros, KTRK Channel 13. Presentation of Colors and Pledge of Allegiance by Jeff Davis High School ROTC and National Anthem by Jeff  Davis High School. Program speakers included Gilbert Garcia, METRO Board Chairman; Syliva Gonzalez, LULAC immediate Past Vice-
President, Southeast; Congresswoman Shelia Jackson Lee, U.S. House of  Representative, District 18; Jessica Farrar, State Representative, District 148; Edward Gonzalez, City of Houston Council member, District H; Zeph Capo, Houston Community  College Board of Trustee, District I; and Anna Eastman, HISD Board of Education Trustee, District I.  

Presentation of Commemorative Mementoes to Roy P. Benavidez by daughter Yvette Garcia; Theodore W. Berenson by friend Jeff Procell; Carlos C. Cadena by daughter Tracy Colborn; A. John Castillo by son Al Castillo; James DeAnda by Principal of James DeAnda Elementary Cristian De La Riva; Lorenzo De Zavala by Great Granddaughter Amber Folk; Dr. Hector P. Garcia by daughter Cecilia Akers; Gustavo “Gus” Garcia by nephew Kevin Bankerd; Alfred J. Hernandez by daughter Anna Hernandez Bowlin; John J. Herrera by son Mike Herrera; Jose M. Lopez by State Commander of Texas for the American GI Forum John Martinez; Raul C. Martinez by brother Benny Martinez; Lydia Mendoza by fellow musician Armando Bermudez; Maria T. Reyna by daughter Christine Reyna Ybarra; George I. Sanchez by Superintendent of George I. Sanchez Charter School Margaret Rodriguez; Susie Sepulveda by son Rudy Sepulveda; Olga Y. Soliz by son Everitt Soliz; and Feliz Tijerina by son Feliz Tijerina Jr.

More Lucian Adams Activites
The Lucian Adams Chapter and the Greater Houston Women participated as judges for the ROTC and LOTC drill teams  during the 46th Annual Fiestas Patrias International Parade on Saturday, September  13, 2014.  The AGIF judges were told that they could not block the side walk of a well-known Hotel chain, and could not block the construction site across the street of the hotel.  They  found sanction at the Annunciation Church with the statue of  St. Francis of Assisi’s in the courtyard.  Vice-Commander Jesus Medel carrys the American Flag during the parade.

( Picture at right is St. Francis Prayer, group o Frank Colmenero, Refugio Jauregi, Emily Colmenero, picture taken by Rosa Jauregi)

The Lucian Adams Chapter also participated with the Latino Learning Center, Houston NVOP and other organizations in a Stand Down for Homeless Veterans last Saturday, October 4, 2014. Although we do not have many details, over 1000 participants made the event a huge success. Below are photos of the Event. As you can see, it was a very successful event. Congratulations to the Lucian Adams Chapter on their many successs.


2014 Stand-Down Photos





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