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Pre-production, production and fundraising event photos before 2007.
Sept. 20, 2000 - Early morning departure of our mini-van from New York with Korean War veterans , their families and friends to attend a tribute to the 65th Inf. Regt. by the U.S. Army in Washington, DC.
A U.S. Army tribute to the 65th Inf. Regt. on the 50th Anniversary of their arrival to Korea took place at Arlington Cemetery.
The event was attended by hundreds, many of them Borinqueneer veterans.
A wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
A plaque and a tree planting in honor of the 65th Inf. Regt. who fought in the Korean War.
Borinqueneer veterans (left to right) SFC Modesto Cartagena (Ret.), CSM Guillermo Lanzo (Ret.), SFC Carlos Ruiz (Ret.) and Asuncion Santiago Cruz.
Left to right: Captain Charles E. Boyle, SFC Carlos Ruiz (Ret.) and LTC William Friedman (Ret.), all served in Headquarters & Headquarters Co.
Oct. 15, 2000 - An U.S. Army Tribute also took place on the grounds of El Morro Fortress in Old San Juan, PR.
Many Borinqueneers attended along with family and friends.
Oct. 16, 2000 - A presentation at the Arecibo Vet Center helped raise $200 and included the raffle of this painting by artist Edgar Vega (right). Thanks to our hosts Juan Freytes (Director) (left) and Elizabeth Ramos (Counselor) of the Vet Center.
April 20, 2001 - Noemi was invited to speak at the VA's Readjustment Counseling Conference regarding the service of the 65th Inf. Regt.
The conference educates veteran counselors about the service of minority soldiers and their challenges.
Pictured is Dr. Alfonso Batres (top left), Director of the Readjustment Counseling Center with Noemi and other counselors who attended from various parts of the U.S.
Sept. 30, 2001 - Our second fundraising benefit at the Julio de Burgos Cultural Center in East Harlem, NY helped us raise over $5,000. There was a screening of the work-in-progress.
Left to right: 65th veteran Israel Montalvo, LTC Gilberto Villahermosa (the keynote speaker) and unidentified.
LTC Gilberto Villahermosa (left) looks at the 65th photo display with Borinqueneer Jaime Lopez.
Noemi introduces the Borinqueneers who attended (left to right): SFC Carlos Ruiz (Ret.), Tony de la Rosa, Eugenio Quevedo, Israel Montalvo, Jaime Lopez, Alfredo Siberon, Ralph Gil de Rubio and Julio Padilla Vilanova.
The Benefit Committee Members (left to right, top row) Gil Pacheco, Sonia Martinez, Roberto Ortiz, SFC Angel Cordero (Ret.), Miriam Soto Cabrera; (second row) Terry Pacheco, Ray and Noemi Figueroa. Missing from photo: Sam Delgado and Jesus Garcia.
Nov. 8, 2001 - A presentation at Brooklyn College in honor of Veteran's Day.
Five Borinqueneers attend to share their wartime experiences. World War II veteran Miguel Angel Seda of Co. H speaks to the students.
Left to right: Jaime Lopez, Israel Montalvo, Director of the Veteran Student's Organization, Eugenio Quevedo, Tony de la Rosa and Miguel Angel Seda.
January 21, 2002 - An interview shoot in Orlando, FL with Col. Duquesne Wolf (Ret.) of Headquarters Co. 1st Battalion.
May 10, 2002 - A benefit screening of the work-in-progress at the Puerto Rican Professional Assoc. of South Florida (PROFESA) attended by 200 people in Miami, FL.
Borinqueneers who attended (left to right): SGT Jose Luis Torres (Ret.),SGT Ramon Torres Villafañe, Pedro Santana and SGT Jose Mercado (Ret.).
PROFESA Board Member Luis A. Torres (left) with Noemi and Ray Figueroa at our display table.
Aug. 3, 2002 - The Borinqueneers-American Legion Post 872 of Reading, Pennsylvania invited us to speak at their street fair with veterans (left to right) Israel Montalvo, Eugenio Quevedo, Wendell Vega, Jaime Lopez, Raymond Muñoz and Tony de la Rosa.
Sept. 14, 2002 - The Hispanic Professional Network (HPN) had a screening of our work-in-progress in Hartford, CT. Pictured is SGT Juan Cruz and Borinqueneer Nicolas Jimenez (Co. B) who was honored.
Our display table with (left to right) Ray and Noemi Figueroa, SFC Angel Cordero (Ret.).
An active military member offers a donation for the film's production.
Dec. 6, 2002 - Gen. Larry Ellis, Commanding Gen. of Forces Command (FORSCOM) pins the Silver Star medal on LTC George Jackson, Co. G Commander, for his heroic actions during the Jackson Height battle.
Borinqueneers who attended (all military retirees) were (left to right) SSG Gabriel Soto (Ret.), MSG German Silva, SFC Vidal Cordero and MSG Isidoro Leon.
LTC George Jackson (Ret.) (left) and LTC Baltazar Soto, the person responsible for helping Jackson receive his Silver Star.
March 6, 2003 - Hon. Anibal Acevedo Vila, Resident Commission of Puerto Rico and Mari Carmen Aponte, Dir. of PRFAA, honor Noemi for her work with Puerto Rican veterans. A short screening of the film took place. In attendance were Borinqueneers Raymond Muñoz and SGT Luis Laboy (Ret.).
June 7, 2003 - The pouring rain did not keep away the standing-room-only crowd for the latest work-in-progress screening at the Newark Public Library in Newark, NJ.
The fundraising benefit was sponsored by the New Jersey Hispanic Research & Information Center.
Maj. Sam Delgado (Ret., USMC) of the Verizon Mid-Atlantic Hispanic Support Group and member of the Fundraising Committee greets the audience.
Producer/Director Noemi Figueroa Soulet provides an update of the progress of the film before the feature-length work-in-progress is shown.
Borinqueneer veterans who attended shared their wartime experiences: (left to right) SFC Ernesto Forestier (Ret.), Jaime Lopez, Eugenio Quevedo and Tony de la Rosa Melendez.
After the screening, the veterans mingled with the guests.