BROWNSVILLE, Texas (KVEO) — The R-G-V Veteran Photo Project commemorated veterans from across the valley through photography Friday and Saturday.
The R-G-V- Veteran Photo Project started last year by Photographer Martin Buitron.
Buitron takes photos of veterans of all ages, photos of participants are put together into an exhibit that is showcased across the valley.
Veterans are asked to bring a photo of themselves from Bootcamp and a new photo is taken of them. The photos are then given to the veterans at no cost to them.
Buitron said this project is his way of honoring Veterans in South Texas.
“You know be able to document their accomplishments, their service to our nation, and give them something in return… it also allows for other veterans to meet each other,” said Buitron.
Tom Arce, a local veteran who served in the Vietnam Era, spoke on what the project means to him.
Arce spoke on his initial discomfort in wearing his uniform in public and how grateful he is to wear his uniform with dignity.
“It means a lot to me. For the longest time, I hid my military experiences, photographs and accomplishments, which were tucked away…from my family and friends. Things changed. [I stand] tall on Veteran’s Day, rodeos, sports events, parades and wherever the American flag waves,” said Arce.
Lastly Arce expressed his gratitude with this statement.
“I have always been grateful to our great country and to the good folks who honor their soldiers,” said Arce.