Historic markers honor tornado victims, veterans


With the colorful American, Texas and Mexican flags flapping crisply in the breeze of the pristine morning sky, approximately 250 dedicated guests and family members paid homage to the deceased veterans and those who lost their lives in the horrific May 6, 1930 tornado during a dedication ceremony at Sociedad De Sementerio Union Mexicana (St. Ann Cemetery) on Saturday morning, May 3.
“Many tears were shed on that day in 1930,” Gregory Jaramillo said, shortly before the unveiling of the memorial monument for the tornado victims.  “Today the monument is in the shape of one big tear, a reminder that we will never forget.”
Special guest at the ceremony was Vietnam Veteran and Congressional Medal of Honor and recipient Santiago Erevia -- “Nordheim’s own” according to Jaramillo -- who recently received his medal from President Barack Obama.  Erevia’s bright red shirt provided a patriotic backdrop for the medallion hanging from a blue ribbon around his neck during the ceremony.  During the ceremony, Erevia was presented with a Challenge Coin on behalf of the Catholic War Veterans of St. John’s Post in Victoria.
Read more in this week's edition of Yorktown News-View.
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