'Little Free Library' honors fallen war vets

Harlandale ISD putting up Little Free Library

SAN ANTONIO – The Harlandale Independent School district is doing what it can to make reading easier for those who want to get lost in knowledge or stories. Thursday, the district unveiled a Little Free Library in the front yard of Leal Middle School.

The box sits on a post about 3 1/2 feet tall. The concept is outside the box. People are welcome to put books in the box or take them out to read, all free and all to promote reading.

There is a significance to this particular Little Free Library, it was put up to honor two of San Antonio's fallen heroes.

Sgt. Gene Ramirez and Sgt. Roger Pena Jr. both graduated from Harlandale High school in 1995 and both died fighting for our country.

"It is a great honor to have them remember my son so he won't be forgotten," said Joanne Ramirez, the mother of Gene Ramirez.

"We are very honored. It is something wonderful to me," said Paula Pena, the mother of Roger Pena Jr.

The library actually sits on the campus of Leal Middle School, named in honor of Leal Armando, a Vietnam War hero.

The parents of Gene Ramirez and Roger Pena Jr. are proud that their sons will be remembered, especially when it comes to reading and education.

"Education was his first priority," said Roger Pena Sr.

So was reading. While serving his country in Afghanistan, Pena Jr. would send videos back home of him reading to his kids.

The box containing books also has a little story about each hero, people can use a QR reader app on their smartphones to actually watch a video about the two men.

"He would think that is a great honor, he would really love it," Joanne Ramirez said.

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