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2014 events and screenings of THE BORINQUENEERS in Peekskill, NY, the National Puerto Rican Day Parade and the Borinqueneers CGM Signing Ceremony.
65th veterans in attendance included (left to right) José Negrón (NY), Col. Gilberto Cardenas (Ret.) (TX) and Julius Dickerson (DC), a 65th officer.
Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro García-Padilla (2nd from right) chats with 65th veterans.
Congressmembers Jose Serrano, Nydia Velazquez and Charles Rangel.
Left to right: Speaker of the Puerto Rico House of Representatives, Hon. Jaime R. Perelló-Borrás, Luis Gutierrez, Jose Serrano, PR Senate Pres. Eduardo Bhatia and Nydia Velazquez.
Sam Rodriguez, Borinqueneers CGM Alliance member of Maryland and Noemi.
Left to right: Sen. Richard Blumenthal (CT), 65th vet Leonardo Martinez, Celestino Cordova, Vice Pres. Joe Biden and unidentified vet.
Veterans surround Sen. Marco Rubio (FL; center) and Cong. Bill Posey (FL) (right).
Left to right: Speaker of the Puerto Rico House of Representatives, Hon. Jaime R. Perelló-Borrás, Noemi and Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro García Padilla.
65th veteran José Negrón of Buffalo, NY with his family.
Jose Acevedo and Noemi bump into Sen. Marco Rubio after the ceremony hailing a cab.
A Victory Rally with the musical group, Los Hijo 'e Plena, at President's Park celebrates the signing of the CGM Bill. Seated is 65th Infantry vet SSG Leonardo Martínez (Ret.)
A historic moment and a tIme to wave the flag.
The Puerto Rican flag at the forefront of the White House.
65th Infantry veteran SSG Leonardo Martínez (Ret.).
SSG Leonardo Martínez (Ret.) (seated) surrounded by family and Sam Rodriguez, Borinqueneers CGM Alliance member (2nd from left).
The Pres. of the 65th Inf. Assoc., Javier Morales, 65th vet Federico Simmons and unidentified who traveled from Puerto Rico are interviewed by a reporter.
A great day to celebrate!
June 26, 2014 - Taping at the Puerto Rico PBS station TU-TV for July 4th broadcast of film with 65th veterans and their families.
Noemi and long-time supporter, Borinqueneer veteran SFC Germán Bravo-Pérez (Ret.)
A special half-hour program was taped, “Borinqueneers – Honor a Los Nuestros”, moderated by David Reyes with interviews of filmmaker Noemí Figueroa Soulet and four Borinqueneer veterans. Pictured here are Pedro Santana (center) and SFC Germán Bravo (Ret.).
Veterans Pedro Santana (left) and SFC Germán Bravo (Ret.).
Also interviewed were José Vicente García and Pablo Medina.
June 25, 2014 - Visit to the Veteran’s Museum in San Lorenzo, PR.
In front of the Museum was a statue dedicated to the soldier.
Display inside the museum.
A section dedicated to the 65th Infantry Regiment.
The museum profiles two sons of San Lorenzo: deceased Borinqueneers LTC Angel Escribano (Ret.) and MSG Ramon Figueroa (Ret.). (both appeared in our documentary).
A mural in honor of the San Lorenzo veterans.
June 27, 2014 - A visit to see Borinqueneer Nicolás Cancel Figueroa (center in t-shirt) in Lajas, PR.
The Lajas Agricultural Airport owned by 65th vet Capt. Segundo “Kun” Garcia (left). Also in photo is 65th vet Nicolás Cancel Figueroa (right). Behind them is a Korean War-era jeep.
This is Capt. Segundo “Kun” Garcia's plane.
The 86-year old "Kun" was a pilot with the 312th Fighter Squadron before he was transferred to the 65th's Co. F in Korea.
Here is another artifact at the airport: a 40 mm Anti-Air Battery Gun.
July 7, 2014 - The funeral of Borinqueneer SFC Carlos Ruiz (Ret.) who served as the Official Photographer of the 65th in Korea.