I Am Rebel Legion: The Story Of William

This article is part of an ongoing series of testimonials from our members, who gladly shared their stories about how The Rebel Legion has made a positive impact in their lives as well as the ones from the people in their community. If you want your story to be featured, send it to angie.rivera@gmail.com   I remember when I was a kid, my father (may he rest in peace) took me to the now defunct theater in Cataño to see “The Empire Strikes Back”; I only remember a few scenes that stayed in my mind.  Years later, they took me to see “Return Of The Jedi”, which I remember in its entirety.  Since then, I’ve been a life-long fan of the Star Wars saga.  Whoever claims to know me and not know how a big of a fan I am, doesn’t really know me at all. Idiot.  Stupid.  Immature.  Ridiculous.  Those are only a few of the things people write about me and don’t have the slightest idea. I belong to a worldwide, non-profit organization called The Rebel Legion, and my local chapter is called Puerto Rico Base.  In this organization I learned to build costumes that are replicas of the originals used in the movies.  Through this organization I can give back to my community by bringing joy to whoever needs it and help my people.  I don’t charge a penny for doing all this and I don’t seek any kind of recognition.  I do this because it’s my way of helping others. By being a member of Puerto Rico Base, I had the opportunity to collaborate with entities like: Make-A-Wish Foundation, American Cancer Society, Boy Scouts of America, Relay For Life and Children’s Hospitals, among others.  I’ve also made friends that will last for the longest time, here in Puerto Rico as well as in other countries like Argentina, Mexico, Venezuela, Japan, and Costa Rica, among others. If doing good to my community means to be called “idiot, stupid, immature, ridiculous”, so be it.  I’d rather be called those things than being called criminal, abuser, drug trafficker or addict. My name is William Desiderio and I am a Star Wars Fan.  I have a family which I adore, and they support me in everything I do.  I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronic Engineering and a good job.  To My God and to my family I thank for everything I do and everything I am.   Like Puerto Rico Base on Facebook and Follow on Twitter. Report Content Issue: * Blank Page Invalid Contents Broken Links Other Your Name: * Details: * Submit...

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“The Force Awakens” World Premiere
Dec25

“The Force Awakens” World Premiere

Collaborators: William Holmes, Chris Hummel, Adam Warman   December 14th of 2015 is a memorable day for Star Wars fans across the galaxy, but especially for the costuming organizations that promote the famous franchise. Members of the Rebel Legion, 501st Legion, Mandalorian Mercs and The Dark Empire were invited to the World Premiere of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” at El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California. About a half mile of Hollywood Boulevard was closed for preparation of the event.  A tent was setup covering the entrances of the main venue, as well as the Dolby Theater and the TCL Chinese Theater.   Fans started gathering alongside the Boulevard starting at 2pm.  A livestream started at around 4:30pm PST which was broadcast on the official website, StarWars.com.  National and international press covered the event. At 6:00pm PST, people headed to the theaters.  One of the theaters was selected for an introductory speech from Bob Iger, CEO of The Walt Disney Company) about the legacy of “Star Wars” in the history of popular culture, while introducing the president of Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy, alongside J.J. Abrams (director) and Lawrence Kasdan (screenwriter of “The Empire Strikes Back”, “Return Of The Jedi” and assistant screenwriter for “The Force Awakens”).  Shortly after, the main cast was introduced to an astonished audience prior to the beginning of the main event. Right after the main event, guests were escorted to the after party section, which was prepared with all kinds of amenities for the red carpet guests, turning Hollywood Boulevard in a party that people will never forget. We consider ourselves fortunate to receive an invitation to the World Premiere of the most awaited movie of the decade, if not of the century.  J.J. Abrams did not disappoint with his vision of the galaxy far, far away that has been passed from generations; my mother was 19 when the “Star Wars” was released, I was 18 when “The Phantom Menace” was released, and most of my contemporaries already have kids who will enjoy the new adventures of our beloved characters, and will pass the baton to the new heroes. Report Content Issue: * Blank Page Invalid Contents Broken Links Other Your Name: * Details: * Submit...

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Member of the Month
Feb22

Member of the Month

This month’s Member of the Month is: REPUBLIC COMMANDO. He joined our ranks in 2013 and has trooped at 12 events since that time. Report Content Issue: * Blank Page Invalid Contents Broken Links Other Your Name: * Details: * Submit...

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JEDI CODE
Feb22

JEDI CODE

There is no emotion, there is peace…

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Test numero trio
Feb22

Test numero trio

May the Force be with you. Always. Report Content Issue: * Blank Page Invalid Contents Broken Links Other Your Name: * Details: * Submit...

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Test numero duo
Feb22

Test numero duo

Yet another test of the featured article. Report Content Issue: * Blank Page Invalid Contents Broken Links Other Your Name: * Details: * Submit...

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