"In a democracy, every citizen, regardless of his interest in politics, 'holds office'; every one of us is in a position of responsibility; and, in the final analysis, the kind of government we get depends upon how we fulfill those responsibilities."
"A man does what he must - in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures - and that is the basis of all human morality."
Profiles in Courage, John F. Kennedy.
These two excerpts from President Kennedy's book, Profiles in Courage define the life of Benny Martinez, a Goliad native who passed Sunday Evening, December 29th. Benny lived most of his life in Houston after his father Placido Martinez in 1946 moved his family of eleven children there in pursuit education and opportunity.
The General Zaragoza Society is a 75-year-old nonprofit organization providing recognition to local leaders, first responders, community organizers, humanitarians, educators and outstanding youth in our community. Our goal is to recognize these remarkable people and their accomplishments.
As of this time, we've raised over $150,000 for the community of Goliad, Texas.
Learn more about our organization by visiting the About Us page.
If you know someone who works hard to make life better for residents of Goliad and beyond, let us know. The General Zaragoza Society is accepting nominations from local organizations, such as...
The General Zaragoza Society is well-known for our Cinco de Mayo banquet. This celebration is completely free to the public (free parking, free entertainment and free admission). Our society is named in honor of Ignacio S. Zaragoza, whose victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla is commemorated every year on May 5-Cinco de Mayo.
You can sponsor this or any other event. We offer sponsorship tiers from $1,000 to $7,000.