Navarro-Garcia Patriot Award
The highest honor is given from Navarro County, Texas for Patriotism. It is given annually to an American citizen who has demonstrated selfless service and leadership in the promotion and honoring of Veterans from the Lone Star State and beyond. The award is named for Jose Antonio Navarro, the namesake of Navarro County, who signed the Texas Declaration of Independence and wrote parts of the Texas Constitution. And, for Candelario “Spider” Garcia, 1962 Corsicana High School graduate, who received the Congressional Medal of Honor from President Obama in March of 2014. The honoree's name is affixed to a beautiful permanent plaque that includes a World War II American rifle, that is on display in Corsicana in a prominent place.
This May 17th a Banquet will be held at the Corsicana Country Club to honor Mr. Navarro and Mr. Garcia. Three of us will travel together to attend this dinner and participate in the next day's festivities which will include a parade for Veteran's Day and a viewing of the two statues, plus a tour of the newly renovated courthouse in Corsicana, Texas Going with me are two cousins of mine Jessie Alvarado and Herlinda Ramos.