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 RAW: Ga. restaurant assault Morgan's Wonderland throws party for special needs student's graduation Saturday evening forecast 6-24-17 Boat driver in jail after lake tragedy Mother arrested for leaving kids in hot car S.A. family on a quest to return stolen items to owners Friends, family mourn loss of teen who drowned after jumping off a cliff at Canyon Lake New butterfly garden opens at Yanaguana Gardens at Hemisfair Park Uvalde County DA meets with families who lost loved ones in church bus crash Barry Davis' journey to beat prostate cancer More Stories ‘La Prensa' founder Tino Duran passes away Jun 25, 2017, 2:01 p.m. SAPD catches convicted registered sex offender on west side Jun 25, 2017, 11:32 a.m. Rain to continue Sunday afternoon in San Antonio area Jun 24, 2017, 12:24 p.m.