Honoring the 100Th Birthday Celebration of Dr. Hector P. Garciaby Representative Blake Farenthold
Posted on 2014-01-07
in the house of representatives
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Mr. FARENTHOLD. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to commemorate the 100th
Birthday Celebration of Dr. Hector P. Garcia as put on by The Dr.
Hector P. Garcia Memorial Foundation. Dr. Garcia was a proud Mexican-
American, a World War II veteran, physician, humanitarian and civil
Dr. Garcia was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1984 by President Ronald Reagan, and has been recognized by the United States Army as one of the most influential Hispanics ever to serve. The American Dream was believed and realized by Dr. Hector P. Garcia. He inspired those around him to educate themselves, participate in the democratic process, and work toward positive change.
The Dr. Hector P. Garcia Memorial Foundation was organized to educate our communities about the continuing historical relevance and legacy of Dr. Hector P. Garcia. The proceeds from this 100th Birthday Celebration will be donated to Texas A&M University Corpus Christi for the Dr. Hector P. Garcia library expansion at the Bell Library.
Dr. Garcia donated his papers in 1990 to Texas A&M University Corpus Christi and the library expansion is necessary so the papers can be properly displayed and fully appreciated by the public and the students.
Though Dr. Garcia was laid to rest in Corpus Christi in 1996 at the age of 82, his legacy will endure. He was truly an American hero and we honor him today.