Dr. Hector P. Garcia Texas State Recognition Day is celebrated every year on the third Wednesday of September. This year, we celebrated statewide on Sept. 16 to coincide with the beginning of National Hispanic Heritage Month.
Recognition Day was passed in 2009 and signed by Gov. Rick Perry. We didn’t intend for this to be a paid day off. The holiday was passed for schools, communities and the public to celebrate Dr. Garcia’s accomplishments and contributions to this state and nation. This day is to give everyone an opportunity to celebrate my father’s remarkable life. Tonight we highlight that life at the American GI Forum’s Hector Perez Garcia Banquet in McLennan Hall at the Waco Convention Center beginning at 7 p.m.