Saturday, April 24, 2010

Governor to Honor WWII Hero Pedro Cano At Ceremony in Edinburg

Edinburg - WWII hero Pedro Cano will be posthumously honored with the Texas Legislative Medal of Honor at a ceremony in Edinburg on May 18, 2010.  State Representative Aaron Peña has announced that Governor Rick Perry will present the medal to the family of Pedro Cano at the Edinburg Municipal Auditorium at 3:00 p.m.  Rep. Peña authored HCR 5, the legislation that conferred the medal to the Edinburg soldier for heroic acts performed in service of country.

 "The State of Texas has recognized the bravery of this unassuming solider from Edinburg," said Rep. Peña. "For many in our community the memory of Pedro Cano was lost in the name of streets and schools…     

 The Texas Legislative Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration that may be awarded by the State of Texas.  It is designated by a concurrent resolution of the Legislature.  It is awarded to a member of the state or federal military forces who voluntarily performs a deed of personal bravery or self-sacrifice involving risk of life that is so conspicuous as to clearly distinguish the person for gallantry and intrepidity.

 Pedro Cano earned our nation's second highest military decoration, the Distinguished Service Cross, for his heroism in WWII.  Cano was presented the medal at a ceremony in Edinburg's town square on April 26, 1946.  Thousands of residents witnesses the event.  Tragically, Cano's life ended six years later after dying in a head on collision in Pharr.

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