Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Our immigrant of the Day is Sergio R. Diaz Varela, who at the age or 21 gave his life for the United States. Born in Mexico, he died on November 24, 2004 in Ramadi, Iraq and was buried in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Diaz-Varela came to the U.S. from Mexico with his parents in 1991. The family lived in a mobile home park. He grew up and attended high school in Lomita, California. At the time of his death, his mother already had returned to Guadalajara. He joined the Army so he could save enough money to buy her a home.
The 21-year-old infantryman was killed Nov. 24 when a homemade bomb exploded after he got out of a vehicle while on patrol in Ramadi, Iraq, a city west of Baghdad. Diaz-Varela had been in Iraq only a few months.