In 1948 a group of Mexican wives and mothers formed "La Sociedad de Madres Mexicanas" (Society of Mexican Mothers) with a goal of establishing a memorial for their fallen sons and husbands in action during World War II. Through a series of grassroots fundraisers, they raised sufficient funds to purchase marble statute, which was originally placed at the Sacramento Mexican-American Center. The monument was moved to its current site in 1975.
American Latinos have played a key role in U.S. Military history dating back to the American Revolution. It is essential for their stories be told and the El Soldado Monument serves as the inspiration to share those stories to inspire and create pride among the growing American Latino Community
Since 1980, there have been efforts to renovate and improve the El Soldado monument to reflect those that surround California's State Capitol. On September 1, 2016, the first phase was completed. The El Soldado Latino group's mission is to ensure the completion of the Monument by January 1, 2023.
President: Ricardo Sanchez - CFO for the California Statewide Law Enforcement Association
Vice President: Pedro Hernandez - Retired Military, Organizational Historian
Secretary: Christine Herman
Treasurer: Martin Deffee
Public Relations: Adrian Perez, Owner of POP-9 Communications
Director: John Mora
Director: Mina Perez, President/CEO Vida de Oro Foundation
Director: Robert Ruiz, Retired California Department of Veterans Affairs
Director: Richard Alcala
Director: Bill Spurgin
Director: Juan Vasquez
Director: Carlotta Ruiz
Director: Lupe Hernandez
Director Molly Wagner
Sergeant At Arms: Marcos Castro
Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals to rehabilitate and enhance the El Soldado Memorial.
Coming February 26, 2022 at the Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs only $500 per person!