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On Friday, April 12, a tribute to “Los Barrenderos del Pueblo,”(Street Sweepers) took place in Guayama, Puerto Rico’s Town Plaza, organized by Sergeant Major José García, founder of “Project Give Back“. The event honored a group of US Armed Forces veterans who helped in the removal of debris after Hurricane Maria and continue to provide assistance in the cleaning of several municipalities throughout the island, long after the atmospheric event.

The activity began with a extravagant domino and music tournament and concluded with a recognition to “Los Barrenderos del Pueblo”, the participation of an Honor Guard, and the singing of the national anthems of Puerto Rico and the United States by the Fountain Christian School and Mr. Wilfredo Vinas, member of the Puerto Rico’s Soccer Hall of Fame.

The event also served to inform veterans how to register for assistance, because after the Hurricane, many of them could not access medical treatment clinics, as they were not correctly registered with the Veterans Affairs office.

Eduardo Cintrón, the Hon. Mayor of the Municipality of Guayama, and Michael Nieves, HITN’s CEO were present for the event. As well, Attorney José Hernández, Director of Operations, Yanira Meléndez, Director of Funded Initiatives, and Sylvia Toledo, Manager, Sales and Marketing attended as HITN-PR. HITN filmed the event and will produce an episode of “Voces” to be aired soon.

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