The Borinqueneers were an all Latino infantry regiment who honorably served in WW1, WW2, and the Korean War. After calls from the community, a law has passed in Texas to remember these brave heroes and honor them with their own custom license plate.
(PRUnderground) July 26th, 2021
Luckily, not everyone is willing to let the legacy of the Borinqueneers, from the 65th Infantry Regiment, be forgotten. Luis A. Cortes, Commander of DAV KEL-LAC Chapter #114, Helotes, Texas and CEO/Director of Cortes’ Disabled Veterans and Alliance Inc., was recently able to campaign to recognize the U.S. Army Borinqueneers, an all Latino, and mostly Puerto Rican, infantry regiment for their service and sacrifices for this nation. The campaign was met with quick success! Texas legislators passed House Bill 912 which will lead to the production of the first Borinqueneers specialty license plates in the entire U.S., PR, and the Virgin Islands. Governor Greg Abbott signed the bill into a law on June 9, 2021 and it will be effective on September 1, 2021. Now that it is a law, recipients of the Borinqueneers Congressional Gold Medal will be eligible to receive one free set of license plates under the military meritorious license plates TX statute, and if they meet all of the requirements, one set of DV license plates for $3.00 (for the first set) under the disabled veterans license plates TX statute. These actions, taken by everyone involved, will honor them for their honorable and resilient military service. This accomplishment came after six years of very hard work from concerned veterans, citizens, DAV KEL-LAC Chapter # 114 members, and Cortes’ Disabled Veterans and Alliance Inc. after being spearheaded by Cmdr. Cortes.
Cmdr. Cortes’s quote to us was that “Helping veterans and their families isn’t a one man mission”. He also commented that this law, “was the result of hard work and support from Adjutant Noraliz Maysonet-Carvajal, 1st Jr. Vice Commander Edward Salinas, and Texas politicians like Representative Dr. Philip Cortez and Senator José Menéndez who always care about veteran related issues.”
The regiment was authorized by Congressional decree in 1899 and first organized in 1901, in which it was comprised of Puerto Rican soldiers. It became the 65th Army Regiment to use the motto “Honor et Fidelitas”, Latin for Honor and Fidelity. This motto was displayed throughout the regiment’s service in WW1, WW2, and the Korean War. On June 10, 2014, the 65th Infantry was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for their honorable service.TX HB 912 Law Information
About Luis A. Cortes
Luis A. Cortes is a passionate advocate for veteran’s issues. His responsibilities include being the Commander of DAV KEL-LAC Chapter #114, Helotes, Texas and CEO/Director of Cortes’ Disabled Veterans and Alliance Inc.
About CORTES DISABLED VETERANS AND ALLIANCE INC.
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