VMLC member Rita Brock-Perini spearheaded an initiative to rename a portion of 3rd St. in Phoenix to S. Herrera Way, in honor of Silvestre Herrera and his service to America.
Silvestre Herrera was brought to Arizona from Mexico when he was one-year-old. He was the first Arizona soldier to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor and was the only person authorized to wear the Congressional Medal of Honor as well Mexico's equivalent, the Premier Merito Militar.
Silvestre's citation reads: He advanced with his platoon along a wooded road until stopped by heavy enemy machinegun fire. As the rest of the unit took cover, he made a one-man frontal assault on a strong point and captured eight enemy soldiers. When the platoon resumed its advance and was subjected to fire from a second emplacement beyond an extensive minefield, Pvt. Herrera again moved forward, disregarding the danger of exploding mines to attack the position. He stepped on a mine and had both feet severed but, despite intense pain and unchecked loss of blood, he pinned down the enemy with accurate rifle fire while a friendly squad captured the enemy gun by skirting the minefield and rushing in from the flank.
Honeywell Hometown Solutions has provided many improvements to the Phoenix VA Hospital and the Arizona State Veteran Home. A few of the projects include an Alzheimer's Garden and wheelchair accessible Library for the State Veteran Home; landscaping improvements at the 7th Street (Gallery) entrance to the VA Hospital and a Greenhouse for the Hospital.
US Airways and their volunteer arm, "The DO Crew", have consistently been involved with the VMLC helping with the HEROES PATRIOTIC LUNCHEON and VA Veterans Day Parade for the last 8+ years and the VMLC is proud to have them as a sponsor and partner in the service of Veterans.
The unyielding courage, extraordinary heroism and willing self-sacrifice displayed by Pvt. Herrera resulted in the capture of two enemy strongpoints and the taking of eight prisoners. Silvestre Herrera passed away in November of 2007.