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Music festival raises money for veterans monument

Patio Andaluz celebrates its fifth and final event

SAN ANTONIO - Residents on the city's Westside recognized veterans Sunday with an all day musical festival.

The Patio Andaluz festival is in its fifth and final year.

The event is organized by the La Ofrenda Organization, which is raising money to construct a monument in the city's Westside as a tribute to all veterans. The proceeds from the final Patio Andaluz will go towards the monument.

"La ofrenda is a monument that we are looking to get building at Elmendorf Park," said Queta Marquez, who is a retired marine and co-chair of the organization. "It's a tribute to veterans from the perspective of the Hispanic community."

The monument would be built on an island at the park, which is located right across the street from our Lady of the Lake University.

"We still have young men and women fighting bravely in our services today that come from this community," said Marquez. "So, it's extremely important for us to show our support to have this monument to serve as a symbol for all of us to honor the sacrifices that those individuals have made."

All of the musicians at Patio Andaluz donated their time to help with the fundraising efforts.

Marquez said they have raised about $300,000 for the monument, but that they have a long way to go and are hoping more people will step forward to help.



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