Local veterans honored as Hometown Heroes
Murphy – Local veterans Larry Thunder Wolf Limon and Oscar Valdes have been honored with a Modern Woodmen Hometown Hero award.
Limon and Valdes were nominated by Geneva Rogers for their dedication and volunteer efforts with U.S. military veterans in Cherokee County. Valdes was presented with his award on Oct. 6, while Limon received his on Oct. 16.
“It was very humbling,” said Limon, commander of the American Legion Post 96. “There are people more deserving, in my opinion.”
Rogers said she had experience working with Limon at Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel and witnessed his contributions to the community. “I was always very aware of all the fundraisers he participates in and community work,” she said. “He’s hard working, has great integrity, honest, trustworthy and dedicated.”
Rogers said she first noticed Valdes when he started the efforts to rename Konehete Park to Konehete Veterans Park. Inspired by his dedication to veterans in Murphy, she also felt compelled to nominate him for the honor.
Limon and Valdes were granted the opportunity to present a $100 check to their charity of choice.
Valdes donated his check to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Limon chose the Gary Sinise Foundation, which serves veterans, first responders and their families by creating and supporting unique programs. These programs range from constructing homes designed for wounded veterans to exposing veterans to theater with the Vets Night performance.
“He’s (actor Gary Sinise) helping veterans better themselves, so I’m going to do the same thing,” Limon said. “Growing the American Legion is my first goal, and then letting us filter into other organizations. I want it to be veterans helping veterans.”