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School honors area Marine slain in Iraq

first_img“It’s hard for me. I lost my first son. I loved him,” Robert Arellano Sr. said, breaking into tears. He said he liked the plaque, which has a photo of Carlos and describes him as a “Former student of Garvey Schools, who gave his life in the defense of liberty in Iraq.” [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2306160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“Carlos Arellano represents a new face – a new immigrant face serving his country proudly,” Solis said. Arellano, 22, was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and got his U.S. citizenship last year. He was in combat during all three tours of duty he served in Iraq. Members of Garvey School District and the Rosemead City Council held the ceremony, during which they dedicated two myrtle trees and a plaque at the base of the flagpole to Arellano. “We will think of you each time we walk by this street,” said Virginia Peterson, superintendent of Garvey School District. Arellano attended Emerson Elementary and Garvey Intermediate, as well as Mark Keppel High School in Alhambra. Monterey Park Councilman Mike Eng announced he will donate a $500 scholarship for a Mark Keppel High School student in honor of Arellano. The Arellano family will help determine the qualifications for the scholarship. Garvey Intermediate students Nicholas Castillo and Isaac Valdez, both 14, helped Arellano’s father hoist the flag. ROSEMEAD – Robert Arellano Sr. remembers going to Garvey Intermediate School to watch his son Carlos graduate years ago. Arellano returned Wednesday for a different purpose. Arellano and two eighth-graders at the school raised a flag to half staff in honor of Marine Cpl. Carlos Arellano, who was killed Jan. 20 during a suicide car bomb attack in Haqlaniyah, Iraq, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. Rep. Hilda Solis, D-El Monte, dedicated the flag, which has been flown at the U.S. Capitol and will be given to the Arellano family. last_img read more