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(Sacramento) – Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Fullerton), Chair of the Assembly Committee on Veterans Affairs, joined a large gathering on the East steps of the State Capitol for a World Flag Ceremony and to honor a hero from the town of Winters, Private Rueben J. Lopez. A total of 193 flags were displayed, one for each country where a U.S. soldier has paid the ultimate price, during the ceremony. In August 2011, Private Lopez was one of five soldiers killed when an improvised explosive device detonated near their vehicle in Afghanistan. Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva said, “Today, we recognize Private Lopez and present a resolution to his family to remember and appreciate the sacrifices he and all soldiers have done to protect our freedom, here and abroad.” IN a very moving tribute to her brother Renae Lopez read a letter Rueben had written while serving in Afghanistan. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video. www.asmdc.org/quirk-silva