Rebuild, Restore and Remember * Photography by Pedro Hernandez, US Historian, USN Veteran

Rebuild, Restore and Remember * Photography by Pedro Hernandez, US Historian, USN Veteran

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El Soldado Latino, is a nonprofit organization founded in 2015 and is committed to the enhancement and beautification of El Soldado (The Soldier) statue and memorial site at the California State Capital. Over the years, time has left the El Soldado Memorial battered and weathered. Today, the significance of the beautification and restoration project is critical to restore pride and honor to our Latino heritage. The mission of EL SOLDADO LATINO of California is to provide a respectful, prideful monument memorialize the ultimate sacrifice of the Latino men and women who served with honor in the United States military upon our country’s call, whether in time of war or peace and to provide a place for families to commemorate their loved one’s life and selfless dedication to our freedom.

El Soldado Latino was established by the California Statewide Law Enforcement Association to work in conjunction with the commission to raise funds through private donations for the California Mexican American Veterans Memorial Beautification & Enhancement Commission. The organization would ensure that funds raised would be utilized solely, and in whole, for the purposes of beautifying, enhancing, maintaining the site’s grounds and establishing an educational component. The committee has established stringent safeguards to prevent any funds raised through private contributions from being redirected into the State’s general fund account.

Our first goal of our organization is to assist in the completion of the restoration project by raising 1.5 million dollars. Our second goal is to raise funds to create an educational program and materials for the Memorial to educate today’s youth about the historical contributions that Mexican/Latino veterans have made to the United States of America. Visit:





The honor and responsibility to continue supporting our service men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces is a delight to Christina Silva. Christina, a United States Marine Corps Veteran, Meritorious Mast recipient, is currently serving as a CA BRE Real Estate Broker #01260394 is Saving Homes and Saving Lives Worlwide. Christina Silva is partnering with helping agencies and is a proud Board Member of several Veteran Service Organizations concentrated on encouraging fellow veterans to seek higher education and total wellness for themselves and their families by utilizing their VA Home Loan Eligibility and Post 911:Vocational Rehabilitation/CA VA College fee Waiver earned benefits. This year, Christina is honored to serve a Resiliency Training Assistant and Military Motorcycle Safety Advocate. Christina has been appointed as the Veterans Chair of the California Advisory Council On Military Education (CA ACME), California Latino Leadership Academy, Team Ten Veteran Fellow of the first inaugural class of 2015, DAV National Deputy Chief of Staff, Los Angeles Chapter 5 Junior Vice and Service Officer, Member of Amvets Post 2, Member of the American Legion, Hollywood Post 43, HAM Radio Committee & VFTLA Member, Volunteer Editor of the Los Angeles Air Force Base, Retiree Activities Office Newsletter, and volunteer at Bob Hope USO at LAX. CRS demonstrates Clean Riding Style as a role model and mentor to Women in Business, minority, underserved and underrepresented veterans, budding entrepreneurs and promotes Disabled American Veteran Small Business as a certified Federal and State Contract Consultant. Spiritual Resiliency is very dear to Christina and Faith is the power behind her speech entitled “ME” A Motivation and Empowerment Journey. Chirsitna produces military special events that "Give Back In the Way of Safety and Education". Christina promotes an active lifestyle, family wellness and is passionate about creating entertaining therapy for the soul, an exhibition of Clean Riding Style for all to "Bee Safe".

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