Contact us at contact @borinqueneers.com to schedule a screening at your institution or organization.
Contact us at contact @borinqueneers.com to schedule a screening at your institution or organization.
THE BORINQUENEERS documentary film has been selected to participate in a Retrospective profiling the best films of the past 10 years at 11th Annual Latino & Native American Film Festival. Our film was an Official Selection in 2016. It can be screened online on April 22nd for 24 hours at https://xerb.tv/channel/lanaff/virtual-events
Latino & Native American Film Festival (LANAFF) is once again honored to showcase ground-breaking feature films, documentaries, shorts, animations, and other artistic manifestations by or about Latinos and Native Americans.
With so many stereotypes stilting Latinos and Native Americans in this country, it’s our mission to promote these two cultures for a better understanding of perceptions and realities.
Our collaboration with Southern Connecticut State University is focused on encouraging the recruitment and retention of Latino & Native American students toward furthering their education at the university level.
LANAFF has helped familiarize the university’s, public school’s, and Greater New Haven diverse communities with excellent artistic and entertainment film projects being created by contemporary Latinos and Native Americans filmmakers. This festival is free and open to the public.
On May 31, 2021, LANAFF awarded THE BORINQUENEERS to be “Among the Best: 1st 10 Years” (Entre las Mejores de Nuestros Primeros 10 Años). LANAFF wrote: “Congratulations to each of you for your diligence, artistry, technological know-how, and dedication to telling our stories, as Latinas/Latinos and Native Americans, in such a wide variety of formats and creative styles.”
ENCORE PRESENTATION!! Due to the success of our 2019 private presentation of the film THE BORINQUENEERS at the Solivita Retirement Community in Kissimmee, Florida, there will be ZOOM virtual presentation on Thursday, March 18, 2020 from 1-2pm. There will be special invited Borinqueneer guests who will participate in the question-and-answer session following the screening of the film and an archival photo exhibit. Solivita residents who RSVP will be sent a passcode to watch the one-hour documentary online on Vimeo at their leisure on Wednesday, March 17th. The event will be moderated by Herman Velez, member of the Veterans Club of Solivita.
This event is not open to the public.
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Equitable Insurance will hold a virtual presentation of THE BORINQUENEERS on October 8, 2020 at 4pm. Equitable employees will have an opportunity to screen the film and then participate in a panel discussion with filmmaker Noemi Figueroa Soulet and Borinqueneer veterans SGM Victor Lopez-Nieves (Ret.) and Eugenio Quevedo. This event is not open to the public.
Equitable is the brand name of the retirement and protection subsidiaries of Equitable Holdings, Inc. including Equitable Financial Life Insurance Company (NY, NY), Equitable Financial Life Insurance Company of America, an AZ stock company with main administrative headquarters in Jersey City, NJ, and Equitable Distributors, LLC. Equitable Advisors is the brand name of Equitable Advisors, LLC (member FINRA, SIPC) (Equitable Financial Advisors in MI and TN).
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, AARP Connecticut presents “The Borinqueneers” at Spotlight Theatres with reception in Hartford, Connecticut from 6-9pm. The free happy hour reception includes one drink ticket and the screening of The Borinqueneers, the award winning documentary film about the Puerto Rican 65th Infantry Regiment.
6:00 p.m.: Free Reception at Front Street Bistro
7:15 p.m. Opening remarks and 78 minute film
Spotlight Theatres & Front Street Bistro
39 Front Street
Hartford, Connecticut 06103
Register today and reserve your seat for this special event at aarp.event.com/FilmNov7
Parking is available in the garages surrounding Street. Parking costs are not included.
A free film screening of THE BORINQUENEERS will take place at the Buffalo History Museum, 1 Museum Court, Buffalo, NY on Saturday, September 21, 2019 from 2:30 – 5:00pm. Light Refreshments will be available. The WNY Hispanic Heritage History panels will be on display. This is free event honoring Hispanic Heritage Month. The first showing of the film will begin at 2:30pm and a second showing will start at 3:45pm. This event is sponsored by the Hispanic Heritage Council of Western New York, Inc. with support from the Buffalo History Museum. Coincidentally, Filmmaker Noemi Figueroa Soulet was invited by the Council to participate and screen the film at the Buffalo Film Festival on exactly the same date, September 21, 2012. It was a great turnout then and she still remembers the delicious buffalo wings she was treated to afterwards! Attend if you can and learn about the Borinqueneers!
On June 20th, there will be a private presentation of the film THE BORINQUENEERS at the Solivita Retirement Community in Kissimmee, Florida. This event is not open to the public. Special invited guests include Borinqueneer veterans SFC Deogracias Rivera-Manso (Ret.) and Socrates Guzman-Rivera. Now is the time to plan a presentation at your community for Hispanic Heritage Month or Veteran’s Day. Call us at (914) 525-4651!
Please join us for a presentation of “The Borinqueneers” documentary film on Friday, September 28, 2018 from 6:00pm to 10:00pm at the Rome Capitol Theater, 220 W. Dominick Street, Rome, NY 13440. Filmmaker Noemi Figueroa Soulet will be in attendance along with 65th Borinqueneer veteran, Juan Monclova-Lebrón and will include a screening of the film as well as an archival photo exhibit. This event is sponsored by the Maranatha Church. Maranatha Church has played an essential role in making Rome a better city in which to live. It has bridged gaps between the growing Hispanic community and the city and has helped restore families, not only spiritually and emotionally, but financially and educationally. There is a $10 admission fee for the event. For more informantion, call (315) 336-0685 or visit http://www.maranathachurchrome.com.
A free screening presentation of THE BORINQUENEERS will take place on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 from 12:30-2:00 PM at the Lutz Senior Center, 112 1st Ave NW, Lutz, FL 33548 (north of Tampa, FL) followed by a question-and-answer session conducted by local filmmaker Noemi Figueroa Soulet. Come see this award-winning PBS film! The presentation is free of charge and includes an archival photo exhibit. Seating is limited. For questions, please contact Lutz Senior Center at (813) 264-3804 or call El Pozo Productions at (813) 981-0529.
In honor of Veterans Day, the PBS station in New Jersey, NJTV will be broadcasting the documentary film “The Borinqueneers on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 7:00pm (EST). It is a wonderful opportunity to tell the story of the very meaningful and historic military contributions of the Borinqueneers to more than five million TV households in the NJTV coverage area.
A free community presentation of THE BORINQUENEERS will take place on November 9th from 6:30pm to 8:00pm at the UW Marathon County Auditorium 518 S 7th Ave, Wausau, Wisconsin. School presentations will also take place at the Horace Mann Middle School and John Muir Middle School in Wausau and other schools in Edgar, Wisconsin. Filmmaker Noemí Figueroa Soulet and 65th veterans SGM Victor López Nieves (Ret.) and César Pabón-Péres will attend. These events are sponsored by the “A Walk in Their Shoes” Program founded by middle school teacher, Colin Hanson. For more information, call 715-560-8933 or visit their website at A Walk In Their Shoes.net.
A screening of THE BORINQUENEERS will take place at the Newark Public Library, 5 Washington Street, 4th Floor Auditorium, Newark, NJ on October 28th from 2-4pm with the attendance of the filmmaker Noemí Figueroa Soulet and 65th veterans, Eugenio Quevedo, Ervin Machado and Vicente Arroyo. The free event is open to the public and sponsored by Verizon. For more information, visit the Newark Public Library website.
The award-winning documentary film “THE BORINQUENEERS,” will be presented at the National Covert Operations Section (NCOS), Criminal Investigative Division (CID), of the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Monday, July 31, 2017, from 11:00am – 1:00pm, in the William Webster Room at FBI Headquarters, 935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C, 20535. An archival photo exhibit will be on display and question-and-answer session will take place after the screening. This is a private event not open to the public.
Noemi Figueroa Soulet was one of the speakers at the Multi-Ethnic Observance Day celebrated at Fort Dix, New Jersey on February 11, 2017 honoring Hispanic soldiers. Other honors took place for African-Americans Native Americans and women who have served in the military. This was a private event.
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Northampton Community College, 3835 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, will be celebrating the service of the 65th Infantry Regiment with various activities. Two screenings of the documentary film “The Borinqueneers” for the student population will take place at 8:00am and again at 9:30am at the Lipkin Theatre. There will be a brief question-and-answer session after each screening with filmmaker Noemi Figueroa Soulet and possibly some Borinqueneer veterans.
The second half of the program starting at 11:00am involves a program open to the public with Noemi as the keynote speaker and the honoring of local Borinqueneer heroes.
For more information, please contact NCC Veteran’s Tribute Committee at 610-861-5582.
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Gateway Community College is sponsoring a screening of THE BORINQUENEERS on October 5, 2016 from 11:00am-2:00pm at the Curren Community Room (North 100), 20 Church Street, New Haven, CT 06510. Filmmaker Noemi Figueroa Soulet will be attending and participating in a question-and-answer session. An archival photographic display will be available for viewing. Please join us! For more information, contact Maria Torres-Nosel at MNosel@gwcc.commnet.edu or call (203) 285-2093.
A screening of “The Borinqueneers” is scheduled for Friday, July 15th, @ 6:30 pm at the MNN El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center, 175 E 104th St, New York, NY 10029. This special event is free and open to the public, but due to space limitations, they ask that potential attendees RSVP via phone at 212-757-2670 ext. 200, or at mnn.org/firehouse or onfacebook.com/elbarriocommunitycenter.
THANK YOU TO ALL OUR SPONSORS, DONORS AND GUESTS FOR HELPING TO MAKE THIS EVENT A GREAT SUCCESS!!
To view photos of the event, visit http://www.robfig.com/p13420678
(photos courtesy of Robert Figueroa, photographer).
The New York Borinqueneers Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony will take place on Sunday, July 17th from 12-4pm at Hunter College-West Building, 68th Street and Lexington Avenue to honor our local veterans with replica medals. We have some wonderful sponsors who are helping us with this endeavor:
Acacia Network, Inc. (www.acacianetwork.org) About Acacia Network: Since opening our doors in 1969, the Latino-based agencies that make up our network have matured into a dynamic and unified community based organization. We honor the Latino pioneers that struggled to create these entities by continuing to expand their vision. Acacia Network, Inc., the largest Puerto Rican-founded organization in the nation offering a unique constellation of services in the area of Primary and Behavioral Healthcare, Economic Development, Housing, Education, and Cultural Arts. We serve more than 170,000 people each year throughout New York State, including New York City, Albany and Buffalo.
Hunter College’s Center for Puerto Rican Studies (http://centropr.hunter.cuny.edu). Founded in 1973, Centro has grown into a renowned institution with departments specializing in original research, much of it linked to social action; novel approaches education, including the training of students and faculty in areas of Puerto Rican studies.
New York Army National Guard (www.NationalGuard.com)
Borinqueneers Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony National Committee (http://bcgmceremony.org)
Due to limited seating, this event is by Invitation-Only. But the Ceremony will be live streamed beginning at 1:30pm so that you can watch it on your computers no matter where you are at: http://centropr.hunter.cuny.edu/tv/
We still need your help! The number of veterans we were going to honor has doubled! And not all of our expenses are being covered by our Sponsors. So our GoFundMe.com page (www.gofundme.com/NY-BCGM-Ceremony) is still very much active. Please consider donating $10, $25, $50, $100, $250… any amount is welcomed. Please review the different reward levels available (items are exchangeable as long as the retail market value is the same). Help us honor our beloved Borinqueneer veterans by making your donation today. If you are interested in making a contribution by mail, send your donation payable to the “El Pozo Productions” to:
El Pozo Productions
P.O. Box 625
Crompond, NY 10517
The NY BCGM Organizing Committee includes our wonderful volunteers from El Pozo Productions, the East Harlem Borinqueneers Honoring Committee.
For more information, call (914) 739-3989 or email email@example.com.
This year the 31st annual 116th Street Festival in East Harlem, New York will honor the Borinqueneers. Taking place on Saturday, June 11th from 10am-5:00pm, the largest Latin festival in the northeast will span nearly 20 blocks around Third Avenue and East 116th Street. There will be live musical performances, delicious traditional food like pulled pork and rice and beans, and a variety of Puerto Rico-themed merchandise on sale.
At 116th Street between Lexington and Third Avenues, there will be a section of tables reserved for the East Harlem Borinqueneers Honoring Committee and the Borinqueneers Congressional Gold Medal Alliance. El Pozo Productions will also be there with a 65thInfantry archival photo exhibit. Come by to check us out! For more information, visit http://116thstfestival.com/
The 7th Annual Latino & Native American Film Festival (LANAFF) will have a special screening of THE BORINQUENEERS on Friday, April 22, 2016 from 6:30 PM-9PM at the Southern Connecticut State University, Adanti Student Center (2nd Floor), 501 Crescent Street, New Haven, CT 06515. Filmmaker Noemi Figueroa Soulet will be attending, along with 65th Infantry veteran Celestino Cordova. This event is free to the public. There is a reception from 5:30-6:30pm. We hope to see you there! There are other films being shown, for more info call Carlos Antonio Torre at (203) 668-9940 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/lanaff/ Website: http://southernct.edu/special/lanaff/index.html
Currently in its 75th year, the Latino & Native American Film Festival (LANAFF) is ground-breaking in its dedication to the Recruitment and Retention of Latino & Native American students toward furthering their education at the University level. It is, further, innovative in its promotion of these two cultures through the exhibition of feature films, documentaries, shorts and animations, as well as through other artistic manifestations, by or about Latinos and Native Americans. The Festival has helped familiarize the University’s, Public School’s, and Greater New Haven diverse communities with excellent artistic, social, political, and entertainment film projects being created by contemporary filmmakers. With so many negative stereotypes stilting the progress of Latinos and Native Americans in this country, it is important for all communities to meet and interact toward a better understanding of perceptions and realities.
The celebrations continue! In Puerto Rico, the Borinqueneers will have the opportunity to see the Medal and be recognized for their service. The 65th Infantry Regiment Association will hold a recognition ceremony for them and their families on the grounds of the El Morro Fortress in Old San Juan on April 27, 2016 at 10am. At the ceremony, the Secretary of the Veterans Administration, Mr. Robert A. McDonald, along with the attendance of other dignitaries, will present the Congressional Gold Medal to the members of the 65th Infantry Regiment.
The event is open to the public but registered Borinqueneer veterans need to have official invitations to receive a replica medal. Registered Borinqueneer veterans needed to have provided proof of 65th Infantry Regiment service. The invitations are being sent by the Puerto Rico Veterans Public Advocate’s office. For more information, please call (787) 758-5760 x 251.
We have shared our list of those Borinqueneer veterans from our database who have sent us Census Forms with proof of 65th service and who currently reside in Puerto Rico with the Mr. Agustin Montañez, Puerto Rico’s Veterans Public Advocate.
On Wednesday, April 13, 2016, the Unveiling Ceremony will take place at 3:00pm at Emancipation Hall in the Capitol Visitor Center in Washington, DC to present the Congressional Gold Medal collectively to the 65th Infantry Regiment, known as the “Borinqueneers”, in recognition of its pioneering military service, devotion to duty, and many acts of valor in the face of adversity.
There are still thousands of 65th veterans alive. But due to the limited space at the Hall, only 225 veterans will be invited by Congress to attend the Ceremony. Family members accompanying the veterans can view the Ceremony from an adjacent overflow room which will be transmitting a live broadcast on speaker.gov/live. CORRECTION: A viewing room is available at the Hilton Crystal City Hotel Ballroom, 2399 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Virginia. There is no adjacent overflow room at the U.S. Capitol.
According to the Borinqueneers Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony National Committee, Borinqueneers veterans must be properly vetted to be included in their official roster in order to be invited and allowed entrance to the Ceremony premises. They must have registered and provided proof of 65th Infantry service. No exceptions.
El Pozo Productions has shared its list of 65th veterans from those veterans and their families who sent us Census Forms with proof of 65th service. But our list is only one list of several that are being combined. We do not know who will be invited.
If you are invited and wish to attend, we encourage you to make travel accommodations quickly since that is a busy tourist time for Washington, DC. Call 703-418-6800 for a special rate of $269 per night at the Hilton Crystal City near Reagan Airport (which has an airport shuttle) and mention Group Code: BOR.
The Borinqueneers who will be attending the Ceremony can meet at the Hilton Crystal City Hotel, 2399 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Virginia to be transported to the Capitol Hill Visitors Center for the Ceremony. The veterans are also free to arrive at the Center located at the U.S. Capitol, Washington, DC on their own.
In the morning of April 13th, there will be wreath-laying ceremonies in Arlington National Cemetery at the Korean War and the World War II Memorials, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Borinqueneers Memorial (Section 21 behind the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier). These events are open to the public. See the Ceremony Schedule here: http://bcgmceremony.org/ceremony-schedule.html.
In the evening, a Borinqueneers Award Reception will take place at the Hilton Crystal City Hotel from 7:00 pm to 12:00 am where replica medals will be awarded to the veterans. The awards reception is by invitation only and there will be a cost of $135.00 (CORRECTION: PRICE HAS BEEN REDUCED TO $35) per person for non-65th veterans. You must RSVP and pay in advance by emailing email@example.com or calling (202) 246-9167.
For those 65th veterans who do not attend the Washington, DC Ceremony, there will probably be local ceremonies scheduled later to award them replica medals.
PUERTO RICO CEREMONY – In Puerto Rico, the Borinquen-eers will have the opportunity to see the Medal and be recognized for their service. The 65th Infantry Regiment Association will hold a recognition ceremony for them and their families on the grounds of the El Morro Fortress in Old San Juan on April 27, 2016. At the ceremony, the Secretary of the Veterans Administration, Mr Robert A. McDonald will present the Congressional Gold Medal to the members of the 65th infantry. The event will be open to the general public.
FUNDRAISING – Meantime, the Ceremony National Committee is continuing its PHASE ONE fundraising campaign to help defray the costs related to the planning of the Gold Medal Ceremony which include the purchase of replica medals, a Reception and transportation costs for some of the veterans in need. All financial contributions will be prioritized depending on availability of funds. After the Unveiling, fundraising will continue for PHASE TWO which will include costs for the BCGM National Tour and Exhibit, and a national education outreach program. Corporate sponsors should request the Sponsorship Proposal with the various levels and benefits available.
How can you help? Sadly, the community has not responded as enthusiastically with financial donations as they did in suppor-ting the grassroots movement to obtain the Congressional Gold Medal for our veterans. All eyes will be on us and how well we pay tribute to our veterans for this once-in-a-lifetime event where many of the costs are not covered by Congress. Now is when we need your help most of all! Please donate and encourage your family and friends to also donate.
Send your tax-deductible contribution via:
The BCGM Ceremony National Committee has been working tirelessly to produce a “Once in a Lifetime” event to remember. Regrettably, the timeframe to raise funds, lack of interest from the community, congressional protocols that are in place to withhold dissemination of information until the last minute were to their detriment and provided insufficient time to give a deserving presentation/reception to the Borinqueneers after the unveiling ceremony.
The National Committee is an all-volunteer organization with one mission and vision in mind: to pay tribute, promote the legacy and educate the nation about our heroes, The Borinqueneers.
The Korean War Veterans Digital Memorial Foundation (“KWV DM”), in collaboration with El Pozo Productions (producers of the documentary film “The Borinqueneers”) and the American Legion of Puerto Rico, will be in Puerto Rico to conduct video interviews of Puerto Ricans veterans who served in the Korean War. The mission of KWV DM is to provide a website with interviews and artifacts collected from Korean War veterans to preserve for the use and education of future generations. Funded by the Republic of Korea, the KWV DM is interested in recording the memories and experiences of these veterans so that people learn about their sacrifices and to pass down the lessons learned from that war. They have already conducted more than 600 in-depth interviews from veterans in the U.S., including many veterans who served in the Colombia Battalion. And have copied more than 6,000 artifacts for the digital museum.
The interviews will take place in San Juan, Caguas, Ponce, Lajas, Aguadilla and Arecibo from February 10-17, 2016. We will also be copying photographs, documents, and memorabilia owned by the veterans to include in the digital museum.
The Korean War Veterans Digital Museum is also interested in expanding the history education of the Korean War in schools and is looking to form partnerships with K-12 public schools and higher education institutions in Puerto Rico. The KWVDM will provide:
Research grants and internship opportunities for students who initiate projects and ideas that utilize information from the KWVDM (visit here for more information: http://www.kwvdm.org/participate.php?p=program).
Grant opportunities for history and social studies teachers to attend their annual Teachers Convention (visit here for more information: http://www.kwvdm.org/youth.php?p=2015teachersconventioninfo).
Working on this project is Mr. Jongwoo Han, President of the KWV DM; Ms. Gisela Rodriguez, Esq., volunteer and daughter of 65th veteran Gilberto Rodríguez Orama, and Noemí Figueroa Soulet, Executive Producer of El Pozo Productions. The KWV DM website is www.kwvdm.org.
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, a screening of THE BORINQUENEERS will take place on October 24th, 2015 @ 1:00 pm at the Kate Gleason Auditorium, Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County, 115 South Avenue, Rochester, NY 1405. There will also be a special exhibit of Korean War memorabilia to show what type of clothing and equipment they might have worn/used. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Jason Gogniat at (585) 428-8210 or write to Jason.Gogniat@libraryweb.org.
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month and Veteran’s Day, the Hartford Public Library and the Connecticut State Library will be co-sponsoring a screening of THE BORINQUENEERS for Monday, November 9, 2015 from 6PM-8PM at the Hartford Public Library, 500 Main Street, Hartford, Connecticut 06103. Filmmaker Noemi Figueroa Soulet will be attending, along with 65th Infantry veteran Celestino Cordova. This event is free to the public. For more info, call (860)695-6300. We hope to see you there!
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month and Veteran’s Day, Westfield State University has scheduled a screening of THE BORINQUENEERS for Thursday, November 12, 2015 6PM-8PM at Dever Auditorium located in Parenzo Hall, Westfield State University, 577 Western Avenue, Westfield, Massachusetts. Filmmaker Noemi Figueroa Soulet will attend along with 65th Infantry veteran, Eugenio Quevedo. This event is free to the public. For more info, call Lizette Rivera (413) 572-5442 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope to see you there!
The American Legion Department of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands is having its annual conference from June 5-7, 2015 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Isla Verde, Puerto Rico. This year the conference is dedicated to the 65th Inf. Regt and filmmaker Noemi Figueroa Soulet has been invited to be the keynote speaker on June 7th. On June 6th, the conference will be commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy. This event is open to the public. For more information, please contact Commandant Angel Narváez at (787) 518-0049 or write to email@example.com.
This year the American Veterans Center’s 17th Annual Conference and Honors which will take place in Washington on November 6-8, 2014, will have a special tribute for the 65th Infantry Regiment Borinqueneers. In collaboration with El Pozo Productions, four Borinqueneer veterans were identified to represent the 65th Infantry Regiment and receive the Raymond G. Davis Award for Service in Korea in a gala event and to participate in the November 8th Session to share their wartime experiences with the conference attendees.
The Raymond G. Davis Award seeks to honor those who have exhibited extraordinary service during and after the Korean War. Previous honorees have included Medal of Honor recipients Thomas J. Hudner, Jr., Hiroshi Miyamura, and Ronald Rosser, along with General Frank E. Petersen, Jr., the first African American aviator and general in the Marine Corps, and famed astronaut Buzz Aldrin.
The four Borinqueneer veterans selected who served with the 65th during the Korean War are:
CSM Emilio Castro Rivera (Ret., USAF) of Headquarters Co. (Texas), Bronze Star and Purple Heart
SGM Victor Lopez Nieves (Ret., USA) of Heavy Mortar Company (Texas), Bronze Star and the Legion of Merit
1SG Fernando Rodriguez Borges (Ret., USA) of Company “D”, Heavy Weapons Platoon (Alabama), Bronze Star
Dr. Alberto Garcia of Medical Corps (Virginia), Bronze Star
The event has grown tremendously over these last several years, continuing to bring together America’s most distinguished and decorated veterans and active duty service members where they share their experiences and lessons with students and fellow veterans. Over the last few years, the audience has been focusing on tomorrow’s military leaders, and includes students from West Point, the Naval Academy, the Air Force Academy, the Coast Guard Academy, and ROTC & JROTC programs from around the region.
The Conference begins on Friday, November 7th with a line-up of heroes you won’t want to miss, featuring:
The Conference continues on Saturday, November 8th featuring the following heroes:
Beginning in 2012, American Veterans Center began a partnership with the Department of Defense and The Pentagon Channel to create the first and only televised awards show honoring those who deserve it most: our veterans and military men and women. The program is titled “The American Veterans Center Honors” and proved a tremendous success. The Honors is the highlight of the conference weekend, and was created following 15 years of honoring our military’s greatest heroes at the AVC’s awards gala. This year’s American Veterans Center Honors will take place on Saturday, November 8 in a gala event.
Attend in Person! The American Veterans Center Honors is the closing event of the AVC’s 17th Annual Conference. The Honors is an exclusive black-tie dinner event, featuring musical performances, special guests, and our greatest heroes from the last 75 years of military history. For more information, call 703-302-1012 ext. 227 or visit their website atwww.americanveteranscenter.org and to register for the conference: Registration is now open. The Honors will be held at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. To reserve your room at the Renaissance Mayflower, click here. Be sure to check in the coming weeks for updates on Conference Panelists and activities scheduled for the weekend.
2013 AVC HONORS GALA – Highlights of last year’s event
2013 AVC HONORS GALA – Trailer
A screening of THE BORINQUENEERS on THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2014 11:00 A.M. – 12:30 P.M. at 26 Federal Plaza (6th Floor Conference Center A/B), New York, NY. Filmmaker Noemi Figueroa Soulet and 65th veterans Juan O’Neill and Eugenio Quevedo will participate in a Q&A after the screening. An archival photo exhibit will be on display. SIGN LANGUAGE SERVICES PROVIDED. This event is open to the general public. Please bring identification and allow an extra 20 minutes to pass through security.
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, THE BORINQUENEERS will be presented on September 30, 2014 at 6:00pm as part of the Americans in Struggle Film Series – Celebrating the struggles of the American people that make us the nation we are today at a Special Venue: the Community College of Philadelphia-CCP’s Bonnell Building Room BG-10. All other films will be screened at the Winnet Student Life Building- Room S 2-3, Philadelphia, PA. Refreshments will be served from 5:30pm. Filmmaker Noemi Figueroa Soulet and 65th veteran SFC William Van Derdys (Ret., US Army Reserve) will be attending this event which is open to the public and free of charge. This program is sponsored by the Philadelphia Unemployment Project, SAG/AFTRA, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, Philadelphia AFL-CIO, Coalition of Labor Union Women, Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha, Unitarian Universalist Church of the Reformation, Fight for Philly, AFSCME DC 47, UFCW Local 1776, AFT Local 2026. For more information, please contact 215-557-0822 or email- JDoddsPUP@aol.com.
The films being screened include:
Sept. 16 – Broken on All Sides – Film on race, mass incarceration and new visions for criminal justice, plus Our Schools are not for Sale a short film on the Philadelphia schools. The evening will give insight into the “school to prison pipeline” and how to fight it.
Sept. 30 – The Borinqueneeners– The story of the Puerto Rican 65th Infantry Regiment, the only all-Hispanic unit in U.S. Army history, recently awarded the Congressional Gold Medal by President Obama. (Special venue-CCP’s Bonnell Building Room BG-10 for Hispanic Heritage Month)
Oct. 14 – Mississippi: Is This America?– This is the 50th Anniversary of Mississippi Freedom Summer, where people from all over America confronted violent racism as they came to work with Black Mississippians to fight the right to vote and be represented in the political process.
Oct. 28 – Brothers on the Line is the award-winning documentary exploring the social justice crusade of the Reuther brothers whose social justice movement, under the banner of the United Auto Workers, helped to transform the landscape of the nation.
Nov. 11 – Paycheck to Paycheck– As the fight for higher wages and a fair minimum wage heats up, this film illuminates the challenges faced by more than 42 million low wage American women and the 28 million children who depend on them.
Nov. 25 – 1971– The story of Philadelphia activists, who in 1971 broke into FBI offices in Media, PA and uncovered the FBI’s vast and illegal regime of spying and intimidation of Americans exercising their First Amendment rights.In our current age of Wikileaks and Edward Snowden, this documentary couldn’t be timelier.
In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, a presentation of THE BORINQUENEERS will take place on September 25, 2014 from 11:30 am to 1:00pm at Fort McCoy in La Crosse, Wisconsin. This is a private event not open to the general public.
A presentation of THE BORINQUENEERS at the La Casita Cultural, 109 Otisco Street, Syracuse, NY 13204 will take place on September 20, 2014 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm followed by a question-and-answer session attended by filmmaker Noemi Figueroa Soulet and 65th Infantry veteran Eugenio Quevedo. This event is sponsored by Cultural Engagement for the Hispanic Community College of Arts & Sciences Syracuse University and is open to the public. For more information, please contact (315) 443-8743.
Puerto Rico TV will be re-broadcasting the documentary “Los Borinqueños” (“The Borinqueneers”) in Spanish beginning on July 4 and in subsequent showings for the next two years. Puerto Rico TV can be seen in Channels 6.1 and 3.2, Liberty 6.1 and 206 (HD), Choice 3, Direct TV 166 and Dish 6. Puerto Rico TV is operated by the Puerto Rico Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
To promote this broadcast, they will also have special programming. This Thursday, July 3, at 7 p.m., as a preamble to the broadcast of the documentary “The Borinqueneers”, News 24/7 of Puerto Rico TV will present an interesting interview with the producer, director, and writer of the program, Noemí Figueroa Soulet.
This Friday on the Fourth of July, Puerto Rico TV will commemorate the occasion with special programming. At 10am, live from the Puerto Rico State Department, viewers will be able to enjoy the Commemoration Events of the Declaration of Independence of the United States. This official ceremony will be dedicated to the 65th Infantry Regiment, who were honored this year by the U.S. Congress when legislation was passed to award them the Congressional Gold Medal, the most important civil honor.
At 11:30am, immediately upon the conclusion of the transmission of the protocol events, the Puerto Rico TV network will air “The Borinqueneers”, an excellent documentary produced by Noemí Figueroa Soulet, a Puerto Rican, that details the history of our 65th Infantry Regiment.
At 7:00 pm, News 24/7 will join the tribute, airing a special news program with interviews of the filmmaker of “The Borinqueneers” and of 4 distinguished members of “The Borinqueneers”: SFC Germán Bravo (Ret.), Pedro Santana Camacho (Silver Star recipient) (both whom are profiled in the film), José Vicente García (Silver Star, Bronze Star and Purple Heart recipient) and Pablo Delgado Medina. The special program will be followed with a re-broadcast of “The Borinqueneers” at 7:30pm.
On June 10, 2014, Pres. Obama signed Public Law No. 113-120, the Borinqueneers Congressional Gold Medal Bill (CGM), into law in the presence of eleven 65th Infantry veterans, politicians and others. After a vigorous, national grassroots campaign by many organizations and individuals, H.R. 1726 was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives on May 19th and by the U.S. Senate on May 22nd. Currently, medal design ideas are being submitted to the U.S. Mint. Once the medal is minted sometime in early 2015, Congress will schedule a ceremony for surviving 65th Infantry veterans to attend where they will unveil the GGM and provide veterans with replica medals. The CGM will then go on a museum tour before being permanently housed with the Smithsonian Institution.
The National Puerto Rican Day Parade, which has been in existence for the past 57 years, will take place on Sunday, June 8th at 11am on New York’s Fifth Avenue, beginning at 44th Street and Fifth Avenue and concluding at 86th Street. This year’s parade will be dedicated to the Borinqueneers of the 65th Infantry Regiment with a special float provided by Goya Foods. We encourage our 65th Infantry veterans to attend the parade for this special event! Please let us know if you intend to go by calling (914) 739-3989 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 7:00pm, the Center for the Digital Arts of Westchester Community College will present Producer Noemi Figueroa Soulet in their Meet the Filmmaker Series. A question-and-answer session will follow the screening of THE BORINQUENEERS with the filmmaker and 65th Infantry veteran, Juan O’Neill. The Center is located at 27 North Division Street, Peekskill, NY 10566. This event is open to the public and all enrolled students, but registration is required. Please email them at email@example.com or call 914-606-7304. For more information, visit http://westchestergallery.wordpress.com/.
THE BORINQUENEERS was broadcast from 2012 to 2014 on The Pentagon Channel as part of “The Best of the GI Film Festival,” which features films originally showcased during the festival. The Pentagon Channel is broadcast to 34 million homes domestically via satellite and cable television and to all military bases worldwide. The channel broadcasts military news and information for the 2.6 million members of the U.S. Armed Forces. We are grateful for the unprecedented international exposure the Pentagon Channel is providing THE BORINQUENEERS.
In response to public demand, we are happy to report that we now have available a one-hour version of THE BORINQUENEERS which is appropriately suited for many organizations who would like to schedule screenings of the film but had time restraints. This shorter length is perfect for Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations. If you are interested in purchasing the public performance rights, please call us at (914) 739-3989.
HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH SEPT 15- OCT 15
Now is the time to plan your organization’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebration with a screening and filmmaker appearance of THE BORINQUENEERS! This inspiring multi-media presentation will captivate audiences and serve as a perfect tribute to the service of our Hispanic-American soldier heroes. This educational and compelling presentation can be customized to your needs and include the participation of the filmmaker and, where possible, 65th Infantry veterans, along with a screening of the award-winning film THE BORINQUENEERS and a historial photo exhibit.
“Thank you for a very dynamic presentation… Your remarks clearly underscored the observance theme, “Americans Making a Positive Impact on American Society”… You engaged a diverse audience and left pearls of wisdom and encouragement for all that attended.” – SGM (R) Gary E. Robinson Sr., Army National Guard Readiness Center
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PBS IS NO LONGER BROADCASTING THIS PROGRAM. The PBS Broadcast of the 1-hour version of THE BORINQUENEERS has been a great SUCCESS! THANK YOU FOR WATCHING THE PROGRAM AND PLEDGING YOUR DONATIONS TO PBS.
THE ARMED FORCES NETWORK (AFN) IS NO LONGER BROADCASTING THIS PROGRAM. AFN aired THE BORINQUENEERS for five years to over 850,000 U.S. troops overseas. We thank them for their support!