Fountain Hills resident, Honorary Consul to the Republic of El Salvador and Executive Director of the Diplomatic Corps of Arizona, Enrique Melendez, said he recently had the honor and privilege to be invited by the Homeland Security Department to be the keynote speaker at the Independence Day Naturalization Ceremony held at South Mountain Community College.

“This was a very special event for me and my fellow Marine Corps friend, Phil Yin, a Fountain Hills resident who received numerous decorations, including a Purple Heart, while serving our country in Viet Nam,” Melendez said. Yin also took part in the special ceremony. “Phil was born in Chunking, China, and I was born in Santa Tecla, El Salvador.”