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2018 Screenings and events Florida, Texas, Puerto Rico and New York. Some photos were provided by Vernon Shirley and are marked as such.
March 7, 2018 - Film screening at Lutz Senior Center in Lutz, FL.
A special surprise was the attendance of Borinqueneer veteran Miguel A. Leon, Jr. of Gainesville, FL, who participated in the Q&A session.
Miguel A. Leon, Jr. who served in Headquarters & Headquarters Co.-I&R Platoon shares his wartime experiences.
Miguel's brother, also a veteran, makes a comment.
A regular attendee at the Lutz Senior Center is a retired colonel who served in the Korean War.
Left to right: the Director of Lutz Senior Center, 65th veteran Miguel A. Leon, Jr., Belkis (an employee at the Center) and Noemi.
March 19, 2018 - Noemi attends the 90th Birthday Celebration of SGM Victor Lopez Nieves (Ret.) who served in the Heavy Mortar Co., in San Antonio, Texas.
A brunch in San Antonio to meet other Borinqueneer veterans and their families (from left to right) Delcio Rivera Rosado, CSM Asuncion Candelario (Ret.), SGM Victor Lopez Nieves (Ret.) and SFC Ismael Nevarez (Ret.). Standing in the back is LTC Andres Rivera (Ret.) and Noemi.
SGM Victor Lopez Nieves' 90th Birthday celebration with customized cookies for dessert highlighting Victor's life.
Noemi speaks at SGM Victor Lopez Nieves 's 90th Birthday celebration.
SGM Victor Lopez Nieves with his beautiful three daughters,
June 23, 2018 - Four Buddhist monks of the Dreaminus Foundation arrive in Puerto Rico with a gift of $300,000 intended to help Korean War veterans who are victims of Hurricane Maria. Photos courtesy of Luis Rivera Perez (pictured on the right).
The 65th Infantry Association members in their clubhouse at Puerto Nuevo, PR. Photo by Luis Rivera Perez.
Four Buddhist monks of the Dreaminus Foundation pose with members of the 65th Infantry Association in Puerto Rico. Photo by Luis Rivera Perez.
Sept. 15, 2018 - The Renaming Ceremony of the Borinqueneers Post Office in Kissimmee, Florida. Photos courtesy of Nico Font.
Congressman Darren Soto, Kissimmee Vice Mayor Wanda Rentas, Eric Chavez, U.S. Postal Service and the Borinqueneers at renaming ceremony for Kissimmee Oak Street Post Office Building .
Borinqueneer veterans attending the renaming ceremony pose with members of the Borinqueneers Motorcycle Club of Florida and others.
Sept. 28, 2018 - Maranatha Church in Rome, NY celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month. Among the honorees is Noemi Figueroa Soulet who is presented an award.
All the 2018 honorees of the Maranatha Church.
Then some delicious home-cooked Puerto Rican food for all!
June 3, 2018 - BCGM Ceremony for Jose Antonio Irizarry (center) of Mayaguez,PR with LTC Col. Edwin Vargas (Ret.) and Noemi. Photo credit: Vernon Shirley
Family and guests listen attentively. Photo credit: Vernon Shirley
LTC Col. Edwin Vargas (Ret.) of the American Legion Lajas post presents the medal to Jose Antonio Irizarry who served in Co. "D". Photo credit: Vernon Shirley
Noemi explains the design of the BCGM. Photo credit: Vernon Shirley
Jose Antonio reads the personalized Certificate. Photo credit: Vernon Shirley
Juan Antonio Irizarry exclaimed "I though I had been forgotten!" He was sick and unable to attend the bigger ceremony which took place at El Morro in April 2016. Photo credit: Vernon Shirley
Jose Antonio Irizarry (seated) with his family. Photo credit: Vernon Shirley
Noemi with (left to right) LTC Edwin Vargas (Ret.), SFC Luis Ayala Santiago and Vernon Shirley - members of the American Legion post in Lajas, PR. They all traveled to Korea in Sept. 2017 accompanying veterans. Photo credit: Vernon Shirley
Members of the American Legion post in Lajas, PR congratulate Jose Antonio Irizarry (seated). Photo credit: Vernon Shirley
June 28, 2018 - Noemi awards a BCGM to Miguel Angel Leon, Jr. of Gainesville, FL. Miguel served in Headquarters & Headquarters Co.-I&R Platoon.
Miguel Angel Leon, Jr. proudly poses with his family.
August 8, 2018 - BCGM Ceremony for Juan Ramon Ruiz of Staten Island, NY. Photos courtesy of Hector Diaz.
The 65th Inf. Regt. Borinqueneers Motorcycle Club of Pennsylvania presented the medal in person to Juan Ramon Ruiz. Medal provided by El Pozo Productions. Photo credit: Hector Diaz.
Juan Ramon Ruiz shows an archival photo of him as a young soldier when he served in Co. "F". Photo credit: Hector Diaz.