In this notice, Dr. Garcia informs AGIF members that he will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom and expresses gratitude to his family, President Reagan, and the AGIF.
Dr. Garcia shakes hands with President Reagan during his Presidential Medal of Freedom award ceremony at the White House.
Dr. Garcia proudly wears the Presidential Medal of Freedom in this photograph with his wife Wanda.
Dr. Garcia’s Presidential Medal of Freedom citation references his community-building endeavors, his work with the AGIF, and his faithful representation of the government.
On March 26, 1984, President Ronald Reagan presented Dr. Garcia with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, making him the first Mexican American to receive the nation’s highest civilian honor. The award citation acknowledged that Dr. Garcia’s work had not only impacted the lives of Mexican Americans, but that “through his efforts… he has made this a better country.”