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Former National Chairwoman Patsy M. Vazquez-Contes Honored
47th Annual NAACP – H. Boyd Hall Branch Martin Luther King Jr., Freedom Fund Banquet in Corpus Christi, Texas

American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: CORPUS CHRISTI Texas – Former National Chairwoman Patsy M. Vazquez-Contes Was invited to attend the 47th Annual NAACP – H. Boyd Hall Branch Martin Luther King Jr., Freedom Fund Banquet on January 14, 2015 at the American Bank Center as a recipient of the NAACP Presidential Award.

"It was an honor to be on the stage with the following recipients whom were also recognize during the banquet for their outstanding leadership and work that helps perpetuate the amazing spirit of Dr. King," said Ms. Contes. (see Photos below)

President Terry Mills, welcome everyone to the annual event. Mrs. Rosie Gonzalez Collin Director of Community Relations, Port of Corpus Christi Authority was the Mistress of Ceremonies and Mayor Ivy Taylor of San Antonio was the Keynote Speaker.

Social Justice Awards

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation, Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Federal Bureau of investigation, Houston, Texas
  • United States Attorney office for the Southern District of Texas – Department of Justice

Civil Rights Awards 

  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Civil Rights, Equality and Justice for All
  • Mr. Daniel Covich, Attorney at Law

Presidential Awards

  • Mr. James Bright
  • Mrs. Gabi S. Canales
  • Mr. Lorenzo Cardona
  • Mr. Richard F. Cortez
  • Mr. Marlon Griffin
  • Mr. Joe A. Martinez
  • Superintendent Daniel Robinson
  • Mrs. Marvinette Smith
  • Mrs. Patsy M. Vazquez-Contes

NAACP Awards Banquet


Pinning Ceremony Honors Corpus Christi Area Vietnam Veterans

American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The American GI Forum of the U.S. hosted a ceremony on Saturday morning October 15, 2016, to commemorate Vietnam War veterans. National Commander Angel Zuniga assisted by Past National Commander Luis Vazquez Contes performed the pinning ceremony to Welcome Home and Honor Vietnam Era Veterans on the 50th anniversary of that war.

The American GI Forum has performed several Pinning ceremonies throughout the State and the Nation as part of the national observation of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. Zuniga pinned several Forum members at a similar ceremony at the State Conference in San Marcos last June. The ceremony was also repeated at the State Board Meeting in Del Rio, Texas on Saturday October 22, and the McAllen Chapter participated in one in San Benito on October 24, 2016.

Veterans who served active duty in the Armed Forces from Nov. 1, 1955, to May 15, 1975, are eligible to receive a pin. National Commander Angel Zuniga has been performing this ceremony as have other Commanders of other Veterans Organizations.

This event took place at the Tejano Civil Rights Museum in Corpus Christi, Texas. The guest speaker for the event was LULAC Council No. 1 President Nick Adame. American GI Forum National Commander Angel Zuniga once again performed the pinning ceremony. Below are the Honorees:

  • Donald Anderson
  • Armando G. Caceres
  • Rodolfo A. Caceres
  • Jorge L. Casanova
  • Emilio G. Casarez
  • Ermilo G. Casarez
  • Eloy R. Ceballos
  • Ausgustin Collin
  • Geard V. D'Alessio
  • Amador Y. Duran
  • Jack Esparza
  • Leo Estrada
  • Neal Estrada
  • Eddie G. Franco
  • Jerry G. Franco
  • Jose G. Franco
  • Richard G. Franco
  • Salvador G. Franco
  • Fernando V. Garcia
  • Jesse V. Garcia
  • Herbie Garza
  • Robert Gilbert Garcia
  • Pablo Garza Jr.
  • Ricardo Hankenson
  • Alfredo Jimenez
  • Fred Jimenez
  • James W. Kurth
  • Danny Martinez
  • Johnny Martinez
  • Frank Montoya
  • Ismael P. Mora
  • Jose Lino Presas

Vietnam Era Veterans are Honored in Corpus Christi

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