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Son of Cesar Chavez reflects on father's legacy

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Paul Chavez says he vividly remembers the sweat and tears his father put into building the United Farm Workers labor union in the 60s.

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PAUL CHAVEZ: As he spoke, people saw their own father and their grandfathers and their next door neighbors. And they said if somebody like Cesar Chavez can make a difference, then maybe we can make a difference.

ELIZA NOVARRO: For over five decades, Cesar Chavez was not only a farmer but a labor movement leader and civil rights icon. He spoke to the hopes and aspirations of countless farm workers. His son, Paul Chavez, says he vividly remembers the sweat and tears his father put into building the United Farm Workers labor union in the '60s.

PAUL CHAVEZ: Well, we didn't go to a lot of baseball games with him. We were at a lot of picket lines and marches and demonstrations.

ELIZA NOVARRO: His father was his hero who dedicated his life to standing strong for farm workers' rights and dignity. And says there are two significant points his father pushed for and believed in.

PAUL CHAVEZ: One, having faith in people, in ordinary people. And the other is understanding and recognizing that you only lose when you give up.

ELIZA NOVARRO: Wednesday would have been Caesar's 94th birthday. And even though he's no longer with us, his legacy lives on, not only through his family, but farm workers across the country.

PAUL CHAVEZ: He had said many times that if this movement was to end with his life, it would be a terrible waste of sacrifice on behalf of many people.

ELIZA NOVARRO: He says the best way to honor his father's legacy is by being of service to your community and whatever it is you're passionate about.

PAUL CHAVEZ: If we all do our part, we can leave this world a much better place than what we found it. And that was really the basis of his work.

ELIZA NOVARRO: Eliza Novarro, ABC 30, Action News.