Close Emilio Navaira honored with Fiesta Medal Emilio Navaira Fiesta medal Justin Bourke, KENS 11:37 AM. CDT March 12, 2017 CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN GOOGLE+ PINTEREST SAN ANTONIO - After 126 years, organizers unveiled the first ever celebrity medal, immortalizing late Tejano superstar Emilio Navaira. A long, but cheerful line gathered for hours on Saturday under drizzling skies for a first-of-its-kind announcement. A Fiesta medal was dedicated to an Alamo-city legend. “You're getting the last piece of Emilio here,” one fan said. “He means a lot to San Antonio.” The San Antonio native was found dead in his New Braunfels home last May at the age of 53. Today, his medal's uniquely "Emilio" design inspired a flood of pride and grief. Both for fans and family. “Still I can't forget him,” Emilio's mother Mary Navaira said. ‘His dad died before him, and he's probably saying, 'Dad, I'm still making it! Look at all the people who like me." This is a chance for San Antonio fans to wear a little bit of Emilio close to their hearts. Proof, his family said, that San Antonio loves Emilio as much as he loved San Antonio. “That is the most wonderful thing that has happened to us,” Navaira said. © 2017 KENS-TV CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN GOOGLE+ PINTEREST JOIN THE CONVERSATION To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Leave a Comment TRENDING VIDEOS Eight dead, dozens injured in hot semi trailer found at S.A. Walmart Dozens of people found in semi trailer at SW-side Walmart Girlfriend arrested after mother finds son dead at home Blue Whale Challenge claims life of 15-year-old San Antonio boy Man attempts to abduct baby out of grocery cart Fellow military grant S.A. veteran's dying wish with party at his home San Antonio pastor's plea for daughter and wife answered Tire bandits strike again at north-side apartment complex Man killed overnight on the northeast side Teen's bathtub electrocution death blamed on phone More Stories 'Horrific tragedy': What we know after 9 die from… Jul 23, 2017, 2:32 a.m. Smuggling gateway? Man says finding travelers in… Jul 23, 2017, 3:50 p.m. S.A. smuggling deaths reminiscent of 2003 Victoria case Jul 23, 2017, 12:39 p.m.