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"Some look pretty bad, you know. And some of those guys, it's because of the way they've been running their lives, probably," Elizarde said. Department of Veterans Affairs.
"They treated me like the president!" Elizarde said after the parade. "I had cops all over me."
On Saturday he served as the grand marshal of the Brownsville's Veterans Day Parade. But he says this is undeserved he and his family escaped the Pacific and European theatres of war relatively unharmed. His scars take the form of impulsive tattoos, not stumps where legs or arms once thrust men into battle.
The ROTC of Lopez High School marched alongside their elders in matching uniforms.
"They say you have a guardian angel. Mine was my mother."
Elizarde's last remaining sibling, Ruben, passed away two months ago.
Elizarde spent sleepless nights trying to ignore the trench rats bigger than cats, he says that climbed over him and his men, feeding on the dead.
Elizarde has only recently begun to talk at length with his family about his time at war. When he does, tears well up in his eyes. He was one of five brothers in the war, all drafted, with a sixth left at home as insurance that their doting mother would have at least one left alive. Their sister Amelia was also spared the fighting.
On Saturday four generations of the Elizarde family watched Armando wave at the crowds gathered along Southmost Boulevard between 20th and 30th streets.
"It's true," his daughter Rosie said. history. Elizarde fought in the battle of Iwo Jima, a Japanese Island where Joe Rosenthal's now infamous photograph of Americans raising a victory flag inspired hope and celebrity, long before the battle had been won.
"You learn so many skills from being in the ROTC," said Julie Monsees, who hopes to one day become an alternative fuel specialist. "I don't want to serve in the military right now, but I think you gain a lot from being in the program."
Many others didn't. Elizarde says it pained him on a Balenciaga City Bag Uk recent visit to a veterans clinic to see the other men.
"They've been through hell. What do you expect?" he said.
Elizarde believes his mother kept her sons safe while in combat. When the boys went off to fight their mother made an oath that she would visit a shrine to San Juan de los Lagos if they were still alive. When Elizarde and one of his brothers came back on leave they made the pilgrimage to Mexico together.
"'Armando, Armando,'" he said his mother called.
After reading new literature and seeing recent films about Iwo Jima, Elizarde's children, Rosie Cavazos and Armando Elizarde, say their father has begun Guess Handbag New Arrival 2017
to reveal memories previously unspoken.
in the war from Elizalde to Elizarde. It didn't occur to him to change it back. Like his tattoos, it is only a superficial reminder of the two years away from Texas that have since defined him.
Back in the Pacific, Elizarde was walking along the sand under Mt. Surabachi on the southern tip of Iwo when he heard a voice behind him.
red, white and blue floats, classic cars, marching bands and cheerleaders filed along the street to the tune of "Sweet Home Alabama" and "America the Beautiful."
Cavazos says this was a day her father will never forget. Motorcycles, Bottega Veneta Handbags 2017
A hula dancer moves her hips when he pumps his forearm; a heart is inked beneath the cuff of his sleeve. Elizarde has nearly gone deaf in the years since the Allies declared victory and his five brothers died.
"She went into the church on her knees," Elizarde said. "She was bleeding when she came out."
"It was too much of a good time!" Elizarde said after the parade. "My arm is so tired after waving at thousands of people." He was the only veteran in the parade who fought in Iwo Jima.
Memories of World War II are tattooed on Armando Elizarde's arms, but it has taken 60 years for him to begin to decode them.
Like the caves constructed inside of Mt. Surabachi, Elizarde's memories of the war are hidden but barely. Due to a type o on a government form, his name was changed Balenciaga Classic Silver City
Like the tattoo with the name "Maria" scripted inside of a heart on his left arm. It turns out this particular Maria was not their mother his wife of 59 years but another woman he met in the service. "I wish I hadn't gotten the tattoos," said Elizarde. "But I didn't think I'd come back alive."
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