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Luncheon held in honor of Cesar Chavez

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

Cesar Chavez is known as a hero across the nation and one group held their annual luncheon is his name Friday.

The theme of the luncheon wasn't about Chavez's accomplishments. Instead, it focused on education.

When the American GI Forum and the GI Forum Women of Saginaw first began nearly 70 years ago, the focus was helping veterans. Today, this group, one of five in Michigan, not only serves vets. It also awards scholarships.

Lieutenant Colonel Jennifer Suarez was Friday's luncheon speaker. Suarez is a 1987 graduate of Bridgeport High School. Her message was to pursue your dreams.

"The way to do that is through higher education. With my roots here in Saginaw, I can impact people allowing them to do what they want to do," says Suarez.

Suarez has served her whole career in the military, serving around the county and around the world after finishing her education.

"I think if I were to look at one job that was the hardest but the most rewarding, it was the job I had in Iraq and a deputy director of human resources. I was working with locals everyday, establishing governmental systems. That's closest to my heart," continued Suarez.

Suarez's story is an example of her speech's theme. A young person with a goal and an education can reach great career success.

This was the 11th year for the Cesar Chavez luncheon.

Chavez was an American farm worker, labor leader and civil rights activist. His birthday on Monday is celebrated as a day of service.

There will also be a march in his honor Saturday in Flint. It will be held at 1 p.m. at the University of Michigan-Flint's Kiva Auditorium.

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