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Event to honor Vietnam soldier


Last updated 1/24/2020 at 11:25am

Gloria Martinez will commemorate the 50th anniversary of her brother’s passing this year with a reunion for participants and supporters of a memorial baseball tournament that began in the 1980s.

Her brother, Tony Florez, died on July 8, 1970, while serving as a U.S. Army parachuter in Vietnam.

Inspired by her brother’s love for baseball, Martinez started the Tony Florez Memorial Tournament in Fountain in July 1988. Martinez’ family organized and ran the tournament each year, with help from various friends. Martinez also managed the Tony Florez Traveling Team, which played in the tour...

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