DATE: Tuesday, July 14, 2015
TIME: 11:00 a.m.
LOCATION: California State Capitol,
El Soldado Memorial Site, 10th Street and Capitol Avenue
SACRAMENTO- On July 14, 2015, Steve Ybarra, Former Deputy Secretary of Health and Welfare Agency, will announce a $1,000 reward being offered for information leading to the apprehension and conviction of the person(s) who vandalized the El Soldado Memorial on State Capitol grounds.
El Soldado, "The Soldier", is a memorial honoring the Latino soldiers from California who died in the armed forces. It was commissioned by Mexican American mothers who lost their sons in World War II and is currently the centerpiece of an enormous beautification and enhancement effort.
On Thursday, July 9, 2015, a vandal(s) destroyed a portion of the memorial which stands guard facing the Capitol.
"The memorial is a true piece of history that pays tribute to American heroes of Latino descent who fought for this country and gave their lives for our freedom," said El Soldado Historian Pedro Hernandez. "I want to thank the California Statewide Law Enforcement Association for the $1,000 contribution for the reward. This monument represents the contributions of Latino veterans and the vandalism is nothing short of a hate crime.."