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 Tuesday night forecast 8-22-17 S.A.'s free speech ordinance under review after Travis Park protests Man dies after slamming car into poll on northeast side SAPD: Suspect used social media against child sex victim Family questions use of deadly force on pets Councilwoman Viagran supports relocation of Travis Park Confederate monument S.A. man just wants dog back after pickup was stolen with pup inside Baby born premature now thriving thanks to NICU at Methodist Children's Dallas police thanks SAPD for helping in time of need New brewpub opening in Dripping Springs More Stories South-side water line break leaves 5k without water Aug 23, 2017, 7:08 a.m. Man dies after slamming car into pole on northeast side Aug 23, 2017, 6:27 a.m. Storm headed for Gulf of Mexico could become… Aug 22, 2017, 1:18 p.m.