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August 5th, 2011
Rep. Grijalva Will Deliver Capitol Building U.S. Flag to Historic Cocio-Estrada American Legion Post in Tucson Ceremony August 6

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva will deliver a U.S. flag that has flown over the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., to the Cocio Estrada American Legion Post 59 in a Tucson ceremony August 6.

“Few things make me prouder as a Member of Congress than recognizing and saluting the tremendous sacrifices of our soldiers and their families,” Grijalva said. “I look forward to offering a measure of esteem for their service and to sharing time with some great men and women in our community.”

As reported in this Arizona Daily Star article:

When members of the Cocio-Estrada American Legion Post #59 decided to replace their Barrio Hollywood building with a new one, they “built it one brick at a time.” That was in 1992, when Post #59 members were younger and many still possessed trade skills to do the construction work themselves. These days the American Legion group is older and most of its members are not as handy in plumbing, electrical and masonry as they were 17 years ago. But the group’s members are just as passionate about their post and the role it plays in their west-side community. [. . .]

“We are a barrio post,” said Adalberto “Wimpy” Aguilar, commander of American Legion Post 59. Since the post was chartered in 1947 — the second in the city — members of Cocio-Estrada have kept the post connected with its neighbors.

The American Legion is a congressionally chartered aid organization for veterans of all military services and campaigns. The Cocio-Estrada post has a membership of approximately 500.

When: 10:30 a.m., August 6

Where: Cocio Estrada American Legion Post 59, 750 N. Grande in Tucson

Phone: (520) 622-9513

For more information, contact Jose Miranda in Rep. Grijalva’s office at (520) 904-5199.

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