In commemoration of American veterans on Memorial Day, Latin Heat Entertainment will present Veteranos: A Legacy of Valor, a theatrical tribute written & directed by actor/writer Enrique Castillo (Weeds, Blood In Blood Out, Mi Familia). Two live performances will take place at 4:30pm and 7:30pm, followed by a Q&A and reception, on Memorial Day, May 25, 2015 at Plaza de la Raza in Lincoln Heights. Net proceeds will benefit the Eugene A. Obregon Memorial Foundation, a non-profit organization that is raising funds to complete the Medal of Honor monument at Father Serra Park in downtown Los Angeles.
Veteranos: A Legacy of Valor pays homage to the countless Latinos who have fought and died in America's defense highlighting the stories of four American heroes. The special Memorial Day performances are a condensed version of the touring production. This special production tells the real life story of U.S. Marine Corps PFC, Eugene Arnold Obregon who grew up in East Los Angeles and attended Roosevelt High School before enlisting in the Marines.
At the young age of 18, PFC Obregon volunteered to fight for his country in the Korean War. It was a time when there was still a deep division between Anglos and Latinos but the story of Obregon and his fellow Marine, a Texan named Bert Johnson, was an exception. Putting your life on the line for a brother Marine ÔÇô was the right thing to do. The Marine Corps made them brothers; an act of valor would make them immortal. For his actions, 'Above and Beyond the Call of Duty', PFC Obregon received the Congressional Medal of Honor, our country's highest military honor.
The full-length theater production of Enrique Castillo's Veteranos: A Legacy of Valor has toured twice nationally since 2000. He conceived Veteranos years ago due to the lack of representation of Latinos who have courageously defended our country since the American Revolution. Castillo dedicates Veteranos to these heroes with this bilingual production, which includes live music, audio-visuals and a dramatization of the lives of American heroes.
"The bravery of our Latino veterans should never be forgotten. Veteranos: A Legacy of Valor honors those who gave their lives so we can enjoy our freedom", said writer/director Enrique Castillo.
Net profits from Veteranos will benefit the Eugene A. Obregon Medal of Honor Foundation http://www.obregoncmh.org/indexHome.html. The foundation has already built an honorary wall dedicated to all Medal of Honor recipients at Father Serra Park near Olvera Street in Los Angeles and is raising funds to complete a monument dedicated to Latino Medal of Honor recipients.
With the generous support of local businesses and corporate companies, Latin Heat Entertainment will be able to provide complimentary admission to all U.S Military veterans who wish to attend one of the Memorial Day performances.