Every year on the second Saturday in September, the Velez family gathers in Mason for their annual family reunion. This year marked the seventh reunion in honor of the oldest sibling, Antonio Velez, Sr. Since the date fell on 9-11, the servicemen and servicewomen of the family were recognized. Mayor Brent Hinckley marked the occasion with a proclamation and a key to the city of Mason, honoring all the years of service given to our country. With just the veterans present, a total of 117 years of military service were counted. The veterans that were not able to attend were also remembered. Antonio Velez, Sr. was the eldest, and he was a World War II veteran, and hence began the generations of Velez veterans. The numerous men and women of law enforcement in the Velez family were also recognized. The Velez family first came to Mason in the early 1900s. Mr. and Mrs. Louis Velez, Sr., came to Mason in 1920, and his mother, Sylvianita Velez and Mrs. Louis Velez, and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wenselado Borjas already lived in Mason. The family continues to grow every year. Mr. and Mrs. Louis Velez, Sr., raised eight sons and one daughter in Mason, all of them born in Mason except for the eldest. Four generations and at least 200 people gather every year for the family reunion. Antonio Velez, Sr., is the father of the very proud city commissioner, Anna Velez. Front row, kneeling, left to right: Joe Ganado, Roy Hughes, C. B. Martinez and Daniel Hernandez. Back row, left to right: Valentino Velez, Joaquin Velez, Rudy Velez, Paul Velez, Mayor Hinckley, Louis Velez, Jr., Edward Velez, Dennis Velez, Antonio Velez, Jr., and Joe Steve Ortiz.