An opportunity to say "thank you"

Hidalgo County joined over 11,000 local, state and national governmental agencies, state and national organizations, businesses, and others in paying tribute to the men and women who served in the United States Armed Forces during the Vietnam War, by designating March 29 as Vietnam Veterans Day.

The Vietnam War was fought in the Republic of Vietnam from November 1, 1955, to May 15, 1975, and involved regular forces from the Democratic Republic of Vietnam and Viet Cong guerrilla forces in armed conflict with the Armed Forces of the United States.

Hidalgo County Assistant Veterans Service Officer and Specialist 5th Felix Rodriguez – who served in Military Intelligence assigned to the 5th Infantry Division –accepted the county's Proclamation on behalf of his Vietnam veterans comrades.

"I'm truly honored to be here today," said Rodriguez. "Thank you for acknowledging every Vietnam Veteran who has served our country."

More than 58,000 members of the Armed Forces of the United States lost their lives in the Vietnam War and more than 300,000 were wounded.

In 1982, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated in the District of Columbia to commemorate the members of the Armed Forces of the United States who died or were declared missing-in-action in Vietnam.

Commissioners Court unanimously passed a Proclamation designating March 29, 2019, as Vietnam Veterans Day in honor of the men and women of the United States Armed Forces who served in Vietnam and encourages the community to observe Vietnam Veterans Day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.


Alton Mayor Salvador Vela honored for over 40 years of service

Salvador Vela, who has served the community of Alton for more than 40 years as a city commissioner and mayor, was recognized with a resolution in his honor at Commissioners Court.

The resolution, which was presented by Precinct 3 Commissioner Joe M. Flores was in recognition of the mayor's "outstanding service, dedication, and commitment to serving the residents of the City of Alton."

Vela served on the inaugural city commission in 1978 when the city was established after residents adopted a general rule charter until he was elected Mayor in 1990. He has served as Mayor of Alton for 28 consecutive years.

Accepting the Resolution, Vela approached the podium and acknowledged his supportive family and community leaders of Alton for serving as "the backbone" of his achievements.

"None of this could have been done without the leaders of Alton; our city grows because we are united," Vela said.

Vela led the development of Alton from a poor, rural community of colonias to a thriving small town with modern amenities and services.

“I have to acknowledge and thank Pct. 3 Commissioner Joe Flores for all of his support throughout this great change,” said Vela. “He would take every single call and was there to help in any way he could to help our community prosper.”

Some of Vela's recent initiatives and projects include bridging the digital divide in the City of Alton by providing free city-wide Wi-Fi, extending sewer services to outside city limits to support new development, and expanding 5 Mile Line.

Throughout his career, Vela has been recognized for his leadership, strong work ethic, and his love for his community and family; he has never forgotten his roots and throughout his years of service has strived to assist as many people in his community as possible and continue to grow and improve the City of Alton.


Proclamation declaring April 13, as Great American Cleanup & Don't Mess with Texas Trash-Off Day

Keep McAllen Beautiful, Inc., is a nonprofit organization, that strives to empower individuals to take greater responsibility for enhancing their community environments.

Commissioners Court approved a proclamation in support of the efforts put forth by KMB and the community at large to encourage neighborhood cleanups.

Caring citizens and volunteers of McAllen along with surrounding communities and McAllen ISD campuses are committed and proud to do their part to sustain and improve quality of life by keeping a clean environment.

"The Valley has grown so rapidly, and now more than ever it is especially important for all of us to take care of our environment," said KMB Program Coordinator Chris Lash.

Keep America Beautiful, Inc., and Keep Texas Beautiful, Inc. in partnership with national sponsors, have established the Great American Cleanup, the largest grassroots effort in the nation to organize and bring national attention to community improvement.

"The Great American Cleanup is a great opportunity for students, businesses and civic groups to join us on Saturday, April 13 at 8 a.m. at McAllen Municipal Park to take part in helping pick up litter along our busy streets, parks, and trails," said Lash.

This is a great way to give back to the community, Lash said.