LEGIONNAIRE ED ALVAREZ TRANSFERS TO POST EVERLASTING
Comrades, colleagues and patriots:
Sad news to report that California American Legionnaire Ed Alvarez has transferred to Post Everlasting
Ed was one of the best of the best in the California Legion. He was always ready, willing, and able to do what needed to be done, always urging all of us to think creatively to better serve veterans, and to make the Legion all that it could be in the noble cause of serving veterans who are serving; veterans who have served; children and youth; and our American values.
Ed held many, many positions in the Legion, including, among others: Post Commander, District 29 Commander, Fifth Area Commander, Department of California Historian and aide to the Commander, and was serving as Judge Advocate of District 29 (representing all Posts in Orange County, CA), at the time of his passing.
Ed and his loving wife, Pat, were a team: She was and is as active in the Auxiliary as Ed was in the Legion. Together, they were a dynamic duo, a true Legion family, who accomplished much good for an unaccountable many.
Ed continued working although afflicted with serious health problems for many years. He was not able to attend the just concluded 99th National American Convention in Reno. When Pat Alvarez returned home from the Convention, she informs, she found that Ed had passed to Post Everlasting, finally overcome by his health problems.
I have known Ed Alvarez as friend and comrade in the Legion for some twenty years. He was a stand up Legionnaire in all those years, always willing to do what needed to be done, a humble not self-advancing leader, never seeking personal recognition but instead completely dedicated, with Pat, to service to God, Country, and the American Legion.
A Memorial for Ed Alvarez was held on Monday, August 28, at the Native American United Methodist Church in Anaheim. Military funeral ceremonies were then held at Loma Vista Cemetery, Fullerton, including the firing of three volleys by a seven-member rifle team of the Newport Harbor Post 291 Honor Guard, and the playing of Taps. Private interment followed.
May God bless and keep Ed Alvarez, this good man, veteran, American Legionnaire, American patriot. And may God comfort Pat Alvarez, and all who loved and cherished Ed Alvarez as he deserved to be loved and cherished -- for a life unselfishly lived in service to God and country in war and in peace.