AUSTIN - The Texas Legislative Medal of Honor Committee has met and approved Private Pedro Cano as the recipient of the state's highest military decoration.

State Rep. Aaron Peņa is the author of HCR 5 which would posthumously confer the Legislative Medal of Honor to the WWII hero.

"I am pleased to report that the committee has made the formal selection of Pedro Cano to be the Legislative Medal of Honor recipient for the 81st Legislative Session," said Peņa. "Pedro Cano's heroism will always speak for him but the testimony given by our local veterans and the Cano family was instrumental in moving the committee's formal nomination."

The committee is composed of Texas Adjutant General Jose Mayorga, the office of Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst, the office of Speaker Joe Straus, the chair of Senate Veterans Affairs and Military Installations, Sen. Leticia Van De Putte and the chair of House Defense & Veterans' Affairs, Rep. Frank Corte.

After review of testimony and evidence, General Jose Mayorga made the motion for the nomination of Pedro Cano. Cano was not the only candidate up for consideration at the hearing held on Friday, May 15. HCR 5 is a step away from being approved and signed by the Governor.

Cano received the Distinguished Service Cross, the nation's second highest military honor, for his heroism in WWII. Cano would be the second recipient from Edinburg to receive Texas ' highest military decoration. Last session, Rep. Peņa passed legislation conferring the Texas Legislative Medal of Honor to Freddy Gonzalez.