Resolution Honoring Basque WWII Veterans on the House Floor in Austin, TX

Press release by Sancho de Beurko Association (

The Texas House of Representatives, namely Rafael Anchia (HD 103), will present a resolution honoring Basque WWII Veterans on the House Floor at the State Capitol in Austin, TX on Wednesday, March 1, 2023. This will be the first resolution to honor Basque and Basque American WWII veterans in the history of the Nation. 

On March 2nd, the events will continue at the Terrazas Branch of the Austin Public Library with the “Immigrants in World War II. Basques in Texas,” exhibition being displayed beginning at noon, followed by a panel discussion.  The discussion, beginning at 1pm, chaired by Rep. Anchia will include panelists Dr. Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez, Director of the Voces Oral History Center, University of Texas at Austin, and Dr. Pedro. J. Oiarzabal, leading researcher at the Sancho the Beurko’s Association “Fighting Basques: Memory of WWII.” Dr. Rivas-Rodriguez will address the contributions of Latinos to WWII, while Dr. Oiarzabal will talk about the Basque WWII veterans in the US. Family members, relatives, and friends of the honored Basque veterans will attend the event and representing NABO will be Marie Petracek, NABO Treasurer.

The event has been made possible by Rafael Anchía, Texas House of Representatives (HD 103), the North American Basque Organizations, Voces Oral History Center (University of Texas at Austin), the Sancho de Beurko Association, and the Basque Educational Organization.

2 thoughts on “Resolution Honoring Basque WWII Veterans on the House Floor in Austin, TX”

    1. Mil esker for this info! I figured he had a Basque connection, but didn’t realize it was so immediate. I’ll have to look into him a bit more.

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