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Various screenings and events that took place in 2008 in Puerto Rico, New Jersey, Arizona, North Carolina, California, Illinois, Texas, Washington, DC, Florida and Indiana.
April 15, 2008 - 65th veteran LTC Tomas Guffain is buried at Arlington Cemetery.
The burial urns under the tent for LTC Guffain and his wife, Mrs. Elma Guffain. The band plays in the background.
Full military honors are bestowed on LTC Guffain, including a gun salute.
An evening dinner with the surviving children of Tomas & Elma (from left to right in back row): Tom, Millie and Carlos honor their parents lives.
April 19, 2008 - Interview at Latin Jubilee Radio Show with Judy Battista (FM 99.1 & on AM 1110 - Hudson Valley, NY).
April 24, 2008 - A Borders Bookstore presentation at Plaza Las Americas Mall in San Juan, PR.
April 25, 2008 - Our film was an Official Selection at the Rincon International Film Festival at Villa Cofresi in Rincon, PR.
After the screening of film, 65th vet Salvador Romero answers questions from the audience.
"The Borinqueneers" wins Best Puerto Rican Documentary. Noemi accompanied by fellow filmmaker Dan Perez (right) and Victor Antonio who won an award for their documentary film "The Motivator".
April 27, 2008 - The Borders Bookstore Manager at the Mayaguez store introduces Noemi to the guests.
Guests at the Borders presentation in Mayaguez Mall - April 27, 2008
May 18, 2008 -A film screening at the Burke Theatre in Peddie School (Hightstown, NJ) sponsored by the Latina Women's Council of Mercer County.
An honor guard begins the presentation.
Top Row (left to right): Robert Patten (Mayor of Hightstown), Nilda Garcia (Pres. of Latina Council) and Ed Mazzeo (Chief of Veteran Services for Mercer County), Noemi and Gerson Martinez, Community Activist. Bottom row (L to R): 65th veterans Wendell Vega, Jaime Lopez, Eugenio Quevedo and Researcher Ernest Acosta.
May 21, 2008 - A film screening at the NATIONAL GUARD EQUAL OPPORTUNITY CONFERENCE at Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort, Phoenix, AZ. National guardsmen from 50 states attended.
Noemi addresses the audience during the question-and-answer session.
LTC Barbara Harris, Alabama National Guard, (standing) during the question-and-answer session.
Mr. Felton Page, Director of the National Guard's Office of Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights presents Noemi an Award Certificate.
From left to right: MSG Rudy Roto, 2LT William Martinez, Noemi, LTC Edwin Perez and CW3 Richard Esquer.
July 24, 2008 - Our film was an Official Selection at the Real to Reel International Film Festival (Shelby, North Carolina).
"The Borinqueneers" wins Best Professional Documentary award at the Real to Reel Film Festival.
August 21, 2008 - The 23rd Annual Imagen Awards (Beverly Hills, CA)
"The Borinqueneers" is nominated for "Best Documentary for Television".
Left to right: Luis Cruz (Managing Dir. of Latino Public Broadcasting), Producer Laurie Coyle, Noemi, Producers Almudena Carraceda and Robert Bahar, Patricia Boero (Exec. Dir. of Latino Public Broadcasting).
Ray and Noemi Figueroa with acclaimed actor Edward James Olmos.
Sept. 10, 2008 - US Army Garrison Rock Island Arsenal (Rock Island, IL).
65th veteran Sgt. Ramon Torres Villafañe (Ret.) and wife are special invited guests.
Sgt. Ramon Torres Villafañe shares his wartime experiences.
Attentive audience at the Rock Island Arsenal screening.
Maj. Gen. Robert Radin, Commander of the Army Sustainment Command, introduces 65th veteran Sgt. Ramon Torres Villafañe (Ret.).
Sept. 17, 2008 - III CORPS (Fort Hood, TX) Hispanic Heritage film screening.
SGM Jose Gil Melendez (Ret.), a 65th veteran observes the photo display.
65th veteran SGM Jose Gil Melendez (in blue suit) with Ret. Col. Raul Villaronga and Mrs. Julia Villaronga to his right.
Audience members applaud 65th veteran SGM Jose Gil Melendez.
Producer Noemi Figueroa honored with a gift by Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, III Corps and Fort Hood Commanding General.