After graduating high school in 1965, Alfredo “Freddy” Gonzalez enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. In 1968 the local war hero died while protecting his comrades in the Vietnam War.
Seven years after his death, an elementary school was named in his honor. Since then Freddy Gonzalez Elementary has carried the name with pride. Last week, they held a special celebration for the war hero.
Dr. Rene Gutierrez, Edinburg CISD Superintendent said, “We are honoring the 50th anniversary of his passing for making the sacrifice. The ultimate sacrifices and fighting for our country and our freedom. Our community always recognizes Freddy Gonzalez as one of our heroes.”
A very special guest made it out to this celebration. It was his mother who holds on to her son’s memory.
“Oh, I think he would be very proud.” Said Dolia Gonzalez.
He served, reenlisted and went back to fight again. That says a lot about him wanting to be part of the armed forces and to fight for our freedom.” Said Superintendent Gutierrez.
Over the weekend his family gathered by his grave to bring him a wreath made by the students.