25th ID celebrates Hispanic culture

| October 13, 2011 | 0 Comments
Staff Sgt. Esmeralda Hernandez, supply sergeant, Sig. Ops., 25th ID, and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Aaron Sargent, targeting officer, 25th ID, dance at a National Hispanic Heritage Month celebration, Oct. 7, at Camp Liberty, Iraq.

Staff Sgt. Esmeralda Hernandez, supply sergeant, Sig. Ops., 25th ID, and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Aaron Sargent, targeting officer, 25th ID, dance at a National Hispanic Heritage Month celebration, Oct. 7, at Camp Liberty, Iraq.

Story and Photo by 
Sgt. Edwin Gray
29th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

BAGHDAD — Soldiers with the 25th Infantry Division came together, Oct. 7, to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month at Camp Liberty, here.

The purpose of the gathering was to reflect upon the history and modern traditions of the Hispanic culture.

The cultural backgrounds of 22 Hispanic countries were displayed and represented at the celebration, and many Soldiers were pleased with the diverse turnout.

“I think the diversity is important, because it creates the dynamics for our force to be multidimensional, as opposed to being one dimensional with one type of Soldier,” said Staff Sgt. Emanuel Alvarez, platoon sergeant, Personal Security Detachment, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 25th ID. “This Army is a melting pot of people all over the world, and that is a great contributor to our success as a military.”

“I am proud of who I am and where I come from,” said Spc. Gina Palacios, administrative specialist, 25th ID. “We work very hard to have what we have here today, and I am so proud of the turnout and everyone that I worked with.”

Several Hispanic Medal of Honor recipients were recognized and honored during the event.

“I believe being deployed made this event that much (more) special, because I actually got to see all of the different Hispanic (people) from different Latin American countries that serve along with me that I rarely get to see,” Alvarez said. “It also shows that the Army actually does recognize its roots from other cultural backgrounds, so it was very special.”

Staff Sgt. Esmeralda Hernandez, supply sergeant, Signal Operations, 25th ID, and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Aaron Sargent, targeting officer, 25th ID, performed four types of Hispanic dance, including the salsa, in tribute to Hispanic history.

“We should all be proud of who we are and who we fight for,” said Sgt. Dolores Rivera, communications noncommissioned officer in charge, 25th ID. “We are many countries united with many stories, but we are all just one Army.”

 

National Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from Sept. 15-Oct. 15.

Throughout American history, Hispanic Americans have always come together in service to our nation and our Army.

For this year’s National Hispanic Heritage Month, we celebrate the theme of “Many Backgrounds, Many Stories. One American Spirit.”

During this observance, the Army emphasizes the value of diversity. We are “Army Strong” because we not only place great value in having different perspectives, approaches and skills, but also because we value having ethnic and cultural diversity. We leverage and draw strength from the rich diversity within our ranks.

The Army recognizes the commitment and effort of its Hispanic Soldiers. Hispanic American Soldiers have shown their true American spirit and commitment to our Army and our nation.

This spirit is alive and well in our Soldiers serving in harm’s way today, in Afghanistan and Iraq. At a crucial time in history, Hispanic Americans, military and civilian, are playing critical roles in strengthening our nation’s presence around the world.

Throughout our history, Hispanic Americans have made sacrifices for our nation. They have proven that, when freedom is threatened, they are equal to any task, and when their country calls, they respond.

Find out more at www.army.mil/hispanicamericans.

(Editor’s Note: Information was compiled from an Army news release.) 

 

 

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