POSTED: Monday, June 17, 2013 - 1:41pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 7:00am
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — “What you see here is what my mom and dad did. It’s seven of us.”
Seven children and four generations later, it's a perfect family picture. But before this gathering, most of these family members were complete strangers.
"For the first time in over sixty years, the entire Gasca family is getting the opportunity to reunite in the pavilion right behind me."
The Gasca siblings became orphans in November of 1950 when their parents died in the Rio Grande after safely crossing the children from Mexico. This reunion closes a long gap in the Gasca family history.
“To us this means a lot because this may be our first and last reunion but we wanted to know our grandkids, our-my nephews, and their kids ya know, so…”
“We’re very happy just watching everybody over here and a lot of people that we may not even know, because it’s been a long time…"
All it took to bridge the gap was a little coordination.
“Everybody wanted this to happen from a long time ago and it was actually long overdue so, uh, everybody pitched in and did their part and it was really simple.”
“Just the reunion and the camaraderie and the networking that we can do with each other, uh, it’s definitely a really really exciting event.”
As for the next reunion, the Gascas hope it won't take another sixty years.
“It kind of makes you feel like you want to do it every year, because every year everybody changes and grows and the family grows bigger and bigger.”
Reporting in Harlingen, Marty Watson, KVEO News Center 23.