NEWS Staff Report
HARLINGEN – Command Sergeant Major Ruben Vela will be posthumously honored Saturday, Sept. 6, at a special ceremony here.
The event will be held at 2 p.m. inside the Col. Philip J. Yeckel Memorial Auditorium at the Marine Military Academy, located at 320 Iwo Jima Blvd. in Harlingen. Scheduled at the event will be a 21 Gun Salute.
Vela, who was born and raised in San Benito, died on Wednesday, Aug. 27 after a six-month battle with cancer.
The rank of Command Sergeant Major is among the highest for enlisted soldiers in the Army, San Benito Veterans Advisory Board Chair Victor Garza recently stressed in acknowledgment of Vela’s military accomplishments.
Ruben’s son, Emilio Vela, said his father was a beloved figure in the community.