Cecilia Rosales Ph.D.

Our honor to honor

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On November 16, 2011, Latino Perspectives Magazine and Phoenix College’s Raul H. Castro Institute will host the Fourth Annual Salute Honoring Those Who Serve. We shine the light on veterans and men and women who proudly serve, and served, our country and communities as active military or first responders. At the event, we’ll also present a posthumous tribute to WWII fighter pilot Arthur Van Haren Jr., who next year will become the first Hispanic to be inducted into Arizona’s Aviation Hall of Fame. 

I first learned about Mr. Van Haren and his distinguished career early last year, thanks to historian and ASU archivist emerita Christine Marin. She introduced me to Eric Halvorson, Van Haren’s grandson, and during our first meeting I was fascinated by Eric’s family history. When he showed me a picture of a painting of his tata, I was sure to have seen it before. But where?

In a perfect example of “we only see what we know,” I learned the image in question is a painting by Robert McCall and is part of a series of large panels commemorating Arizona’s aviation notables. Since 1997, these paintings have been adorning the international concourse of Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. That’s where I had seen it (many times before!). 

Our gratitude goes out to the Van Haren and Halvorson families for sharing their mementos and family albums with us and with historian Jean Reynolds, whom we commissioned to prepare a monograph on Arthur Van Haren Jr. Read excerpts on p. 23.

Because November is National Family Caregiver’s Month, in the Health department Robrt Pela shares a moving account of his experience caring for a parent with Alzheimer’s disease. If you are a family caregiver, remember that taking care of yourself is not selfish; it’s a necessity. Who would care for you and your loved one if you were to become ill? 

Also in this issue, José M. Herrera, vice chair of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, shares his take on the important task of redrawing congressional and legislative districts. Too much is at stake to take this volunteer position lightly.

Go to latinopm.com to read an online exclusive guest op-ed by Kent Paredes Scribner, superintendent of Phoenix Union High School District, on the transformation of urban education in Phoenix and the culture of high expectations, rigor and college readiness.  

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