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EDINBURG - In preparation for its Veterans Day parade Saturday, Nov. 9, the City of Edinburg unveiled its Boulevard of Heroes at Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial library honoring seven brave men from Edinburg, TX.

Those seven men were: Congressional Medal of Honor recipients, Sgt., Alfredo “Freddy” Gonzalez and Pvt., Pedro Cano, along with Sgt., Christopher Ramirez, Spc., Mark Anthony Zapata, Lance Cpl., Dustin Michael Sekula, Lance Cpl., Benito A. Ramirez, and Lance Cpl., Derek Hernandez in which Edinburg PD recently named a training facility after.

“We couldn’t think of a more appropriate time to make public a project that we know would be cherished by the residents of Edinburg,” said Edinburg Mayor, Richard Molina.

The seven murals painted by artist, Sandra Urie can be seen along Closner Blvd. at each lightbox.

Families from Cpl., Sekula, Cpl., Hernandez, Spc., Zapata, Pvt., Cano and the Ramirez family along with city officials, were present at the unveiling remembering the service each man gave to our nation.

“We want everyone to know that we honor these great men for their commitment and loyalty to our city and the country,” Molina said.

For 12 years, Dustin M. Sekula Memorial library has commemorated Memorial Day for the seven men, seen on a plaque at the library's entrance.

The first unveiling took place inside the library by newly-elected councilmember, David White and councilmember, Jorge Salinas showing the murals’ samples. Edinburg mayor, Richard Molina and councilmember, Gilbert Enriquez then unveiled the map of Closner Blvd. showing where all seven murals are located.

The official unveiling took place outside the library presenting the first mural of Lance Cpl., Dustin Michael Sekula with family and city officials alongside.

“As we stand before their portraits, we can see their sense of love for our community, we can see the pride they felt in wearing their uniforms and we can also see their selflessness and willingness to put their lives on the line for our freedom,” said Cary Zayas, City of Edinburg director of communications.

The unveiling was followed with a bus tour down Closner Blvd. with families aboard to visit each mural. The following is a list where all murals can be seen of each veteran:

Cano St. and S. Closner Blvd. - Pedro Cano

Fay St. and S. Closner Blvd. - Derek Hernandez

Sprague St. and S. Closner Blvd. - Benito A. Ramirez

Ebony Ln. and S. Closner Blvd. - Mark Anothony Zapata

Freddy Gonzalez Dr. and S. Closner Blvd. - Alfredo “Freddy” Gonzalez

Palm Dr. and S. Closner Blvd. - Christopher Ramirez

Tourist Dr. and S. Closner Blvd. - Dustin Michael Sekula