Anderson announces Hero Street Month to honor WWII Latino soldiers
Sen. Neil Anderson (R-Moline) declared May 2018 as Hero Street Month in Illinois.
Passing SR1767 on the last day of the spring session, Anderson honored 22 Mexican-American families, who lived within two blocks of each other in Silvis between 1939 and 1945 before members were sent to serve in World War II.
Of 87 sent, only 8 did not return.
“Their stories have been noted in a documentary narrated by Martin Sheen titled 'Hero Street U.S.A.,' as well another short film, 'Letters from Hero Street,'” according to the bill synopsis. “A movement is underway to recognize the soldiers of Hero Street and the other unsung Latino heroes that have protected the United States by serving in the military.”
That movement is part of the resolution, according to Anderson.
“We are asking the Federal Postal Service to do a commemorative stamp for Hero Street USA,” Anderson said.