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Save the Date – Honoring our Military

August 23, 2011

The RCI and Latino Perspectives Magazine are again teaming up to honor our military heroes in a fall luncheon event in downtown Phoenix.

The fourth Annual Salute Honoring "Those Who Serve” will be held Nov. 16, 2011, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wyndham Hotel.

This years honoree is a renowned World War II fighter pilot, the late Arthur Van Haren Jr., thought to be one of the few highly decorated Hispanic fighter-pilot aces in the history of aerial warfare. Arthur Van Haren Jr. also graduated from the University of Arizona Law College with the Law Class of 1949, along with such AZ noteables as former Governors Raul H. Castro and the late Samuel P. Goddard.

Last year, the event honored soldiers from Tucson’s 13th Infantry Battalion Marine Reserves, also known as “Easy” Company. The men fought in the Korean War, often referred to as the “Forgotten War.” This partnership also resulted in the compilation and publishing of Not So Easy: Tucson's 13th Infantry Battalion Marine Reserves Go From boys to Men,which was submitted to the Arizona Memory Project and donated to libraries throughout the state. The booklet was compiled by Charles H. Sanderson, coda by Dr. Carlos Velez-Ibanez, and printing donated by SRP.