Veterans Day ceremony & renaming of JROTC building in honor of John Jesse Saldaña, Sr
What: Veterans Day ceremony & renaming of JROTC building in honor of John Jesse Saldaña, Sr
When: Nov. 11 (Thurs) – 10:00 a.m.
Where: Lanier High School, 1514 W. Durango Blvd.
The renaming of the Lanier High School JROTC building in honor of Class of ’39 valedictorian, John Jesse Saldaña, Sr. will be part of the Veterans Day observances at Lanier High School. Mr. Saldaña was San Antonio’s first Hispanic postmaster since the Battle of the Alamo. He earned a Bronze Star and two
Purple Hearts in World War II, and was the lone survivor of his unit in Luxembourg, where he was hit by an armor-piercing bullet.
The event will begin with a memorial service for the 75 Lanier students who gave their lives in conflicts ranging from World War II to Desert Storm. It will be held next to a monument with the fallen heroes’ names in front of the school.
Aside from the dedication ceremony, Lanier will have the traditional Veterans Day observances such as the laying of the wreath, a firing salute by the Alamo Silver Wings Association and the playing of Taps.
Guest speakers will include SAISD Trustee Tom C. Lopez, who is a retired U.S. Air Force major, Mr. Saldaña’s son, Steve Saldaña, and Jose Luis Rodriguez, the current Commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Westside Post 8936.