The Dr. Hector P. Garcia Memorial Foundation celebrates the 101st birthday of the late doctor, honoring his legacy at a special ceremony.
By: Holly Duvall
Photo by: Eddie Seal
It was a day of celebration for the Dr. Hector P. Garcia Memorial Foundation. On Friday, Jan. 16, a crowd of 410 attendees gathered at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi to commemorate the legacy of the good doctor and founder of the American GI Forum of the United States of America.
Mrs. Cecilia Garcia-Akers, daughter and president of the foundation, welcomed the crowd, introducing the master of ceremonies, Steve Arnold of the Corpus Christi Caller Times and treasurer of the foundation. The ROTC Color Guard from Texas A&M University Corpus Christi presented the colors, followed by Ms. Hilda Lamas singing her powerful rendition of the National Anthem.
Mr. Jim Akers, son-in-law of the late doctor, led the guests in the pledge, and Garcia’s daughter, Dr. Susanna Garcia, led the invocation. Mayor Nelda Martinez delivered a proclamation over the ceremony, prior to Dr. Rebecca Saaveda, vice president for strategic management at the University of Texas Medical Branch, addressing the crowd with the keynote message.
The families of Garcia-Akers and Tony Canales (the doctor’s nephew) were presented with street signs displaying the name, Dr. Hector P. Garcia, by Braselton Homes. This was to signify the actual street in Corpus Christi that they are naming in his honor.
The event’s proceeds will provide a scholarship to be presented to an educational institution, college or university that meets the requirements of the foundation in September 2015. Additionally, they will help the foundation acquire funds for the Hector P. Garcia Learning Center at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi. The foundation will be seeking donations from individuals and organizations this spring to assist with this funding.
The foundation also provides assistance to Christus Spohn Health, and will continue to do so, as they are planning and developing the Dr. Hector P. Garcia Family Health Center in Corpus Christi.
For more information on the Dr. Hector P. Garcia Memorial Foundation, visit www.drhectorpgarciafoundation.org.