JUST AS TEMECULA PREPARES TO GIVE ITS HEART TO A WAR HERO
Cupid’s Arrow hits Cpl. Juan Dominguez and Juan puts a Ring on It!
Triple-Amputee War Hero Gets His Girl On Valentine’s Eve
February 14, 2012. Temecula, California. On February 14, love is certainly going to be in the air in Temecula. Not only will the city be busy sending all its love to Marine Cpl. Juan Dominguez in a special Valentine’s Day ceremony—complete with a 14 foot heart hung right there in the city council chambers —but picking up on all the excitement, Dominguez just channeled his inner Cupid and proposed to his girlfriend Alexis Gomez.
Need we say that the answer was “Yes!” And, she will be attending the Temecula ceremony on Valentine’s Day to show off her ring.
The couple first met last April when Dominguez attended the homecoming celebration of his Third Battalion, 5th Marines. Dominguez had been forced to return home long before his Marine brethren, following a devastating IED blast, which cost him three limbs.
Referring to Gomez, Juan says, “I love her. I gave her the speech of how I wanted to spend the rest of my life with her. I had God and her mother’s blessings. I’m truly blessed to have Alexis in my life. And, I’m sincerely looking forward to living our life together in Temecula. ”
Date: Valentines Day - February 14, 2012 - 11:00am -12:00pm
Location: Temecula City Hall 41000 Main Street, Temecula, CA 92590
In choosing Temecula, California as the location he would like to spend the rest of his life, 27-year-old U.S. Marine Corporal Juan Dominguez, a triple-amputee, is being honored by the Gary Sinise Foundation, the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation and the City of Temecula by declaring February 14th, “We Love Juan Dominguez Day.”
Juan Dominguez, a true American Hero and his fiancée will be escorted into the ceremony on the footsteps of Temecula City Hall by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, the Temecula Fire Department and approximately 50+ Patriot Guard Riders. Surrounded by a an enormous patriotic heart and greeted by 60 young musicians from the Temecula Valley High School Marching Band, community leaders, veterans groups and the citizens of Temecula will officially welcome Juan with open arms into their community. One of America’s most famous tenors, Danny Rodriguez, also known as “Americas Singing Cop” will also serenade the crowd with love songs.
• Marine Cpl. Juan Dominguez lost both legs and his right arm on Oct. 23, 2010 when he slipped down a small embankment and landed on a buried 30-40 lb. bomb in Afghanistan.
• During his recuperation, he has undergone 23 surgeries, and spent more than five months at Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, MD and Washington DC.
• He is presently an out-patient at the U.S. Naval Medical Center in San Diego.
• The Gary Sinise Foundation is dedicated to serving the Nation by honoring our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families and those in need by creating and supporting unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen and build communities. For more information, go to www.GarySiniseFoundation.org.
• The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, best known for its annual Tunnel to Towers Run at Ground Zero in New York City, is committed to building specially-adapted “smart homes” for the most seriously wounded U.S. service personnel through its “Building for America’s Bravest” program. For more information, go to www.TunneltoTowers.org.