(Top photo) Elvira Villanueva blew out candles on her 100th-birthday cake during a party thrown by her family. (Bottom photo) Villanueva smiled as her son, Lalo Ramirez, 76, kissed her after she blew out the candles. Great granddaughter Valerie Padilla enjoys the moment as she holds daughter Ava, 1, who is Villanueva's youngest great, great granddaughter. Elvira Villanueva was born Jan. 25, 1913 in Rosario, Durango, Mexico. She was raised in El Paso. Family members celebrated her 100th birthday early to allow family members who are in town for another family event to partake in Villanueva's celebration.
Soldier de-plane after arriving at Biggs Army Airfield from southwest Asia Monday. About 300 members of the 5th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery. 11th Air Defense Artillery were reunited with loved ones. The unit had been providing missile defense in southwest Asia. (Center photo) Latrelle Hogg ,left, was overcome with emotion after greeting her son, Spec. Rodney Hogg upon his return to Fort Bliss Monday. Larry Jackson, another son, greets his brother. (Bottom photo) Sgt. Norma Salas kissed her son, E.J. Salas. Salas' sister is at left.
Bree Sarago yells "Daddy, Daddy!" as she reaches up to hug her father, Warrant Officer-2 Anthony Sarago, after seeing him on a screen which was showing soldiers who had just landed at Biggs from a deployment to southwest Asia. Anthony Sarago was one of about 300 members of the 5th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery. 11th Air Defense Artillery Monday. The unit had been providing missile defense in southwest Asia. Bree and her dad were reunited shortly after.
About 300 soldiers from the 5th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery. 11th Air Defense Artillery Monday. The unit had been providing missile defense in southwest Asia. (Top left photo) Among those greeting soldiers were twin sisters Riley, left, and Rory Brooks waited for their father, Sgt. Shaun Brooks, at Biggs Army Airfield Monday. (Bottom left) Sgt. Brooks scooped up one of his twins. (right) Sgt. Brooks and wife Jessica shared a kiss a they each held one of their daughters.
First Armored Division Band commander and conductor Chief Warrant Officer 3 Russell J. Houser played the bells during the band's rollicking rendition of Feliz Navidad Dec. 9 at the Sun City Holiday Fiesta at Magoffin Auditorium on the UTEP campus. The band played a variety of music ranging from holiday classics to mariachi and rock music selections.
The University Medical Center Foundation held its third annual Jingle Bell Rock Run Sunday. The 5-K run and one mile walk event is a benefit for the El Paso Children's Hospital. The run was held on the streets just north of the hospital. (Top photo) Runners break from the starting line. (Second photo) Javier Napoles ran the race in a Santa hat and beard. (Third photo) Fiona, a teacup Yorkie, wore her Christmas finery for the race. (Bottom photo) Cyndy Robison made her way along the race route in an elf costume.
(Top photo) Matthew Candelaria, 8, enjoys a visit with Santa Dec. 2 at Cielo Vista Mall. He and other special needs children visited with "Caring Santa" during a session for children with special needs and their families. Santa, who is a retired school teacher, and his assistant, Pat Curiel, who works with special needs children, led the session where the children had their picture taken with Santa in an environment set up to support the needs of the children. Christine Candelaria, mother of Matthew Candelaria, who has cerebral palsy and Rubenstein-Taybi syndrome, said it was wonderful experience for the children. She said the children don't get to come out alot and this was a great opportunity for them to have fun. "They love it," she said.
More than 100 people -- many bundled up against a cutting wind -- attended a Veterans Day ceremony at Old Glory Memorial in Northeast El Paso on Nov. 11. "Today was all about thanking veterans in our community and showing them respect on Veterans Day," said Jimmy Melver, president of the nonprofit group that runs Old Glory Memorial. The memorial, established in 2003, flies the American flag on a 180-foot-tall pole and features plaques and other landmarks dedicated to honoring American service members. (Top photos) The Eastwood High School Junior ROTC color guard carried the U.S. and Texas flags. U.S. Marine Corps Vietnam veteran Ascencion Pena paused to remember fallen veterans. (Bottom photo) Veterans saluted the nation's colors during a Veterans Day observance.
(Bottom photo) Aryanna Baeza, right, clings to Sarah Abigail Sanchez as they stand across the street from a multi-resident townhouse where Sarah and her family live as firefighters extinguish a fire. Abigail and her family escaped the fire which caused substantial damage to four units of the townhouse. Aryanna lives across the street from Abigail.
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