About the Film EL POZO PRODUCTIONS, in collaboration with Raquel Ortiz, acclaimed producer of Mi Puerto Rico, is proud to announce the release of The Borinqueneers, the first major documentary to chronicle the never-before-told story of the Puerto Rican 65th Infantry Regiment, the only all-Hispanic unit in the history of the U.S. Army. READ MORE

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    ASPIRA INC OF ILLINOIS will be sponsoring a film presentation of the award-winning “The Borinqueneers” with the attendance of filmmaker Noemi Figueroa Soulet on Saturday, May 20, 2023 from 11am-1pm at 2989 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, Illinois 60618.  The event is open to the public with limited seating.  For questions, please contact vmorges@aspirail.org

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    Please join us for a Powerpoint presentation by author Noemi Figueroa Soulet profiling the new book “The Borinqueneers, A Visual History of the 65th Infantry Regiment” on Saturday, May 20, 2023 from 3-6pm at the Puerto Rican Arts Alliance, 3000 N. Elbridge Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60618.  The event is open to the public with limited seating.  Autographed copies of the book will be available for purchase.

    This event is sponsored in partnership with Alderman Ariel Reboyras of the 30th Ward, Puerto Rican Arts Alliance, Puerto Rican Police Association,  Vazquez American Legion Post 939 and Radio Ritmo Mix.

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    We are so happy to announce the awarding of the SILVER Medal in the General Nonfiction Category by the FLORIDA BOOK AWARDS!! These winners of these competitive awards are selected from a large number of submissions and reviewed by a panel of three judges for the book’s merits. I am grateful for this validation that our book “The Borinqueneers, A Visual History of the 65th Infantry Regiment” is a book worthy to be honored.  FLORIDA BOOK AWARDS ANNOUNCEMENTS

    The Florida Book Awards, established in 2006, is an annual awards program that recognizes, honors and celebrates the literature by Florida authors and books about Florida in 11 categories. The awards program is coordinated by the Florida State University Libraries, with the involvement of other library, literary, and cultural organizations, including the State Library and Archives of Florida, Florida Library Association, Florida Humanities, Florida Center for the Book, Midtown Reader, and the Word of South festival.

    The awards will be presented to all award winners at a banquet in Tallahassee on April 20th. Florida Book Award winners are promoted in a variety of ways, including participation in conference and book festival panels. Winning books and their authors are featured in the Summer issue of FORUM, the statewide magazine of the Florida Humanities. Historical interviews with The Florida Book Award winners are featured on “The Florida Channel”. Florida Book Award-winning books are on permanent display in the library at the Governor’s Mansion in Tallahassee, and in an exhibit case on the third floor of Florida State University’s Strozier Library.

    Along with other winning authors, I will be appearing as a panelist in the non-fiction panel at the Word of South Festival of Literature and Music on Saturday, April 22, 2023 at 2:45pm on the Flamingo Magazine Stage at Tallahassee’s Cascades Park. The Midtown Reader bookstore will have copies of our book on site for sale and signing during the festival.  The festival takes place April 21-23 in (https://www.wordofsouthfestival.com). It is a unique blend of writers and musicians and an exploration of the relationship between the two disciplines. Beginning with their first festival in 2015, the festival showcases authors who write about music, musicians who also are authors, authors and musicians trading places, and everything in between.  

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Some of the Comments

My father Felix Cardona Quiñones died on Thursday, June 21, 2018. He proudly received the gold medal the day of his 90th Birthday April 13, 2016. I am proud of his legacy of service and cordial attitude to his fellow citizens being very proud for being one of many puerto ricans who return to Puerto Rico and help improve our society by developing sports. Editor's Note: Our deepest condolences to you and your family on your loss. We are always sad to hear about the passing of our beloved Borinqueneers.

Felix - Kansas City, MO

My father, Hector L. Capella passed away on Valentines Day 02/14/18. He will be missed but know that he is at peace now. He risked his life for this country and was a proud Veteran and Borinqueneer. We made a tribute video of him and also of the Borinqueneers. It is good to know that this site will continue to honor the Borinqueneers and that my father's photo is here. Thank you.

Ruth - Orlando, FL

Saludos, Mi tio Raúl Rivera Rodríguez original del Bo Colombia en Mayaguez, perteneció a los Borinqueneers. Fue declarado MIA en la Guerra de Corea. Los familiares que le sobrevivimos apenas le conocimos, tan solo tenemos la foto oficial enmarcada que otorgó el ejército a mis abuelos. Si alguien tiene memorias, fotos, historias, etc. agradeceríamos lo comparta con nosotros. Agradecida! puede dirigirse a biekepaz@aol.com Sol N. Vélez-Rivera

Sol Velez - Mayaguez, Puerto Rico

Mi padre juan villanueva alonso pertenecio a la 65 infanteria y se encuentra su foto en la galeria. El fallecio. Como puedo adquirir una replica de la medalla ? El se sentiria muy contento si estuviera vivo.

Awilda - Camuy, Purto Rico

Yo soy hija de un Veterano disable retirado, Sfc Francisco Riestra-Lopez de la 65 Infantry. Mi padre fallecio en Diciembre 17, 2015. El estuvo en el ARMY por 20 a~os. Su retrato esta en la galleria. Gracias, Jeanet Riestra

Jeannette - Florida

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