Department of Education building renamed for fallen Bronx sergeant
A Department of Education building now forever honors the legacy of a fallen Bronx soldier.
Sgt. Jose Velez lost his life fighting for our country and our freedom. He was known as "Java Joe" and is being remembered for his kindness and leadership in the military. Now the District 7 Administration Building will hold his name for years to come.
This is the first time any of the DOE facilities have been named after one of the service members who died in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Velez's family attended Friday's event along with veterans and Department of Education staff members in Mott Haven - the place that Velez called home.
The hope is that when students and faculty walk into the building, they look up at the plaque at the entrance and take a moment to remember him.
Many spoke today and shared fond memories of the sergeant. They hope that this will be one of many buildings holding the legacy of the fallen from New York City.