Secretary Of Labor, Loved Ones Remember Richard Chavez

Delano Celebrates Civil Rights Leader

Friends and family celebrated the life of the late Richard Chavez at 40 Acres in Delano, including the U.S. Secretary of Labor.

"We feel the loss of this tremendous person who gave so much to us. On behalf of president Barack Obama I bring my condolences and prayers," said Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis.

Chavez spent his life serving others as he fought for farmworker rights alongside his brother Cesar Chavez, but perhaps one of the biggest marks he leaves behind today is a symbol of hope.

"That farmworker eagle that he designed has become the symbol of the Chicano movement and the worker movement. It's everywhere and it stands for justice. It stands for people of color seeking justice," said Chavez Huerta.

Beyond Chavez's work, he was a family man and one of his lifelong dreams became true last year.

"He wanted to bring the Chavez family together. We even had people here from Europe join with us that day in Keene, California, and it was so exciting for him. He worked for many months trying to bring that about. He traveled to Mexico to learn more of the history and to find people there and to talk to people. So that for him was a real mission," said Arturo Rodriguez, president of the United Farm Workers.

Chavez died June 27 from surgery complications at a local hospital.

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