PHARR, Texas – There are still a few dozen spaces reserved for veterans that would like to have lunch and be honored in Pharr, Texas, today, Veterans Day.

The event is called the My Hero’s Keeper Project: A Veterans Legacy Continues, and is being hosted by Vanguard Academy. It takes place between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Jose “Pepe” Salinas Recreation Center, located at 1011 W. Kelly Avenue, in Pharr.

Rey Perez

The project involves Vanguard students interviewing veterans, as Vanguard history teacher Rey Perez explains.

“This project presents an educational opportunity for high school students to meet, interview, and have lunch with veterans. We are pairing 120 high school students with local veterans. The students are taking a dual credit U.S. history class with 120 veterans who have served in World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and other wars. The objective is for each student to conduct a personal interview with a real American hero,” Perez said.

“This rich, primary source experience will enhance the opportunity of our students to interact with America’s treasure, our veterans.”

Perez said the lunch will generate a discussion about the sacrifices the military personnel have made, and continue to make, in the defense of this nation’s freedom.

“Prior to conducting their interviews, students will have brainstormed a list of questions they might want to ask veterans to learn about their experiences in the armed forces. In some way, the students will preserve the story and memories of the individuals of the time. Therefore, we can give the genealogists and historians of the future a fighting chance to know the personal stories of America’s treasure, our veterans.”

Perez said the lunch is limited to the first 150 veterans too RSVP. However, at press time there were still a few dozen spaces still available.

“We are looking forward to saying thank you for your service and we look forward to visiting with you,” Perez said, in his message to veterans.

To RSVP call Rey Perez at (956) 457-1524 or email him at [email protected].


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