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U.S. Army Sgt. Israel Garcia, Hometown Hero Who Perished In Afghanistan in 2008, Is Remembered With Respect And Admiration At His Alma Mater, LB Poly High, As Memorial Bench Is Dedicated In His Honor


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(May 26, 2012) -- As Memorial Day approaches, U.S. Army Sgt. Israel Garcia, a Long Beach hometown hero who perished in Afghanistan in 2008, was memorialized at his alma mater, LB Polytechnic High School on May 25 as a Memorial Bench was dedicated in his honor. LBReport.com provides video of salient portions of the eloquent and heartfelt ceremony.

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Among those delivering touching words was Sgt. Garcia's wife, Lesly (in photo immediately below), as well as Sgt. Garcia's mother (all heard in full on the video above).




Also attending and speaking was Long Beach Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske (the only Long Beach elected official present). Councilwoman Schipske was present in July, 2008...when Sgt. Garcia returned to Long Beach.



Councilwoman Schipske told the crowd that the emotionally searing experience moved her to take a number of actions. They included establishing a Long Beach city policy of lowering all city flags to half-staff when a LB resident gave their life in service to the country...and creating the Hometown Heroes banner project at Rosie the Riveter Park, a military memorial that she envisioned and brought to fruition in East Long Beach.

Today, the names of 14 Long Beach Hometown Heroes who gave their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan, including Sgt. Garcia, are honored on banners at along Clark Ave./Conant Street.





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