• Ricardo C. Sanchez, Chair

• Pedro Hernandez, Vice Chair

• Christina Ehrman, Treasurer

• Julia Marín, Secretary

• John Mora, Director

• Christina Silva, Director

• Frank Capetillo, Director

• Victor Christy, Director

• Alfredo Cardwood, Director

• Tom Dominguez, Director


To remember their husbands and sons who died in the service of their country in World War II, a group of Mexican American mothers and spouses banded together to create a memorial in perpetuate remembrance of them. The group called La Sociedad de Madres (The Society of Mothers) beginning in 1948 conducted fund raisers such as selling tamales and raffle sales in front of Guadalupe Church and other parishes to construct a statue of El Soldado --- a soldier standing at attention ready to respond to the call to duty. The statue, located on the grounds of the Mexican American Center, was dedicated on May 10, 1951.


Subsequently, twenty years of rain, heat, and soot took a toll on the El Soldado statue and it had to be cleaned and repaired. Responding to the call for action, La Sociedad de Madres, in the early 1970’s, raised $10,000 to repair the statue.


In 1990 zoning changes converted the El Soldado location to a light industrial area, an inappropriate location for the El Soldado. Through legislative action, El Soldado was moved to its present location across the street from the Main (West) entrance to the State Capitol.


Currently fundraising efforts are in progress to beautify the grounds of El Soldado under the guidance of the California Department of Veterans Affairs.

El Soldado is a non-profit 501(c)3 created under the flagship of the California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) for the sole purpose of the enhancement, beautification and repairing of the El Soldado Memorial Monument. All contributions are tax deductible (ID# 47-3370459) and can be made payable to "El Soldado" and mailed to:


                                                                                                                                                  El Soldado

                                                                                                                                                  c/o CSLEA

                                                                                                                                                  2029 H Street

                                                                                                                                                  Sacramento, CA 95811