Gold Star Mother Project: WWI Homecoming ‘21 Centennial Commemoration
On Friday, May 14, Tucson paid tribute to those soldiers from Tucson and Southern Arizona, who paid the ultimate sacrifice in World War I with the Homecoming 21 event held at Gold Star Family Park.
This event was held in conjunction with other similar events across the country through May 23, as part of Homecoming 21, a national ceremony to recognize and honor the last troops, who paid the ultimate sacrifice in World War I and who were brought home to their families by troop ship, the USAT Wheaton into Hoboken, New Jersey, May 23, 1921.
Tucson's event was coordinated by the local chapter of Gold Star Mothers and by Lorraine Obregon, a Gold Star Mother.
Pima County Supervisor Adelita S. Grijalva, South Tucson Mayor Bob Teso, South Tucson Vice Mayor Herman Lopez, Shaq McCoy from Pima County Supervisor Matt Heinz office, Tucson Ward 5 Councilmember Richard Fimbres, Tucson City Manager Michael Ortega and Tucson Fire Chief Chuck Ryan and Rev. Luis Ferron, recognized the 82 people from Tucson and Southern Arizona who paid the ultimate sacrifice serving in World War I.
City Manager Mike Ortega read the City Proclamation issued by Mayor Regina Romero. South Tucson Mayor Bob Teso read South Tucson's Proclamation. Supervisor Adelita Grijalva read her letter of support and stated Pima County will be issuing a Proclamation as well.
Thanks to Mike Ortega, Chuck Ryan, City of Tucson Parks and Rec, Pima County Parks and Rec, Lety Bazurto, the City of Tucson and the Tucson Homecoming 21 organizing committee, LULAC Council 1002, American Patriot Memorial and the Ward 5 Council Office staff for helping to organize this event.