Chaplain Gabby Garibay salutes during the playing of Taps as members of the 19th Rifle Company, USMCR Foundation of El Paso Texas and members of the Flags Across America held the "Brick Dedication Ceremony," to honor ten deceased U. S. Marines by laying a brick with their name and history at the base of the Old Glory Memorial, in northeast El Paso Saturday morning, June 11, 2016. RUBEN R. RAMIREZ/EL PASO TIMES.
Retired Marines GySgt Ramon Marquez and MGySgt Salvador Diaz, Grand Marshals of FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade on Thanksgiving Day, November 23, 2017.
Both are veterans of WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. Photos Courtesy of Ruben Ramirez.
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2017 LIGHTBOURN RAFFLE DRAWING WINNERS
HELD OCTOBER 4, 2017 AT AMERICAN LEGION POST #36
$1000 WALMART GIFT CARD- TONY MULLEN #863
$1000 WALMART GIFT CARD- MELISSA BOYER #2772
$1000 WALMART GIFT CARD- GLORIA DIAZ #2130
$500 WALMART GIFT CARD- JOYCE SMITH #1276
$500 WALMART GIFT CARD- JASEN JONES #946
$500 WALMART GIFT CARD- PAUL LOPEZ #1263
CUSTOM MADE BOOTS BY JOSE SANCHEZ BOOTS-
MARIA MCDONALD #3031
At 4th of July People's Parade near Hanks High School, July 4, 2016.
Sam Lightbourn, member par excellence of both the 19th Rifle Co. and the American Legion Post #36 procured a home for our unit when he committed to paying for the renovation, expansion, and other improvements to the American Legion Post building.
The $170,000 renovation/remodeling of the American Legion Post facility began in April and was completed the week of October 8th by J.D. Sons Construction Co.
Renovations to the meeting room were extensive; to include new refrigerated air conditioning, new flooring, new ceiling, new lighting, three storage rooms, new glass entrance doors, new bathrooms, new tables and chairs, outside security cameras, and the meeting room was extended/enlarged by 12 feet with two new large picture windows. The whole building was primed and painted; new car parking stops added. Two new patios were added, one in the front entrance and one in the backyard. A new lighted outside sign that reads 19th Rifle Co., USMCR Foundation was installed.
All this was made possible by the generosity of Sam Lightbourn who had a vision to improve the condition of the American Legion Hall and at the same time procure a home for the 19th Rifle Co. Sam is forever grateful to the men of the 19th Rifle Co. for their 2006 exceptional military honors funeral given to his brother, Marine Carlos Lightbourn, Jr., and says that the contribution was his way of saying thanks.
A festive Grand Opening was held on Saturday, October 8, 2016 starting at 4 pm with a social hour, and opening ceremonies which included a Color Guard from the Coronado High School Marine JROTC under the direction of Instructor CWO2 Raul Rodriguez; the singing of the National Anthem by Terri Vasquez; and Masters of Ceremonies Ruben Carrasco, American Legion Commander and Milton Duran. Guest Speakers included City Representative District 3 Emma Acosta, Ricardo Cerros, a representative of Beto O'Rourke, American Legion 16th District Vice Commander David Crozier, and Special Forces Veteran Tom Buchino. Dinner was catered by Pancho and Family and dance music by DJ Carlos, and the Cold Cash Band. Decorations and table centerpieces and settings were done by the 19th Rifle Co. Lady Associates.