DOD celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month

| September 25, 2015 | 0 Comments
Pvt. Eruka Sigdel, wheeled-vehicle mechanic, HHC, 225th BSB, performs a Bachata song to commemorate the National Hispanic American Heritage Month observance at the Warriors Dining Facility, Oct. 15.

Pvt. Eruka Sigdel, wheeled-vehicle mechanic, HHC, 225th BSB, performs a Bachata song to commemorate the National Hispanic American Heritage Month observance at the Warriors Dining Facility, Oct. 15, 2014.

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News Release

The Defense Department joins the nation in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, observed Sept. 15 through Oct. 15.

During National Hispanic Heritage Month, the department and the nation honor the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors come from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The month also marks the anniversary of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua; the independence of Mexico and Chile are observed shortly thereafter, on Sept.16 and Sept. 18, respectively.

The theme of this year’s observance, “Hispanic Americans: Energizing our Nation’s Diversity,” harkens to the vibrant and thriving contributions of Hispanics to our nation across the centuries, according to the release.

The celebration seeks to draw attention to the diversity and countless contributions Hispanics continue to make to enrich the United States and strengthen the defense of our nation. The department will honor National Hispanic Heritage Month with programs and activities at installations around the world, the release said.

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The Pentagon hosted a ceremony to present a temporary display, designed and owned by the Hispanic Medal of Honor Society, which features Hispanic Medal of Honor recipients. The society promotes the awareness of the patriotism, gratitude and loyalty of Hispanics in the United States.

Other Hispanic Medal of Honor displays around the National Capital Region include one titled, “Return with Honor,” which illustrates the story of Cmdr. Everett Alvarez Jr., the first American pilot shot down over North Vietnam, the release said.

“Return with Honor” will be featured at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. A third display entitled “Justice for my People” showcases the story of Dr. Hector P. Garcia, the first civil rights activist and founder of the American G.I. Forum, will be displayed at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, in Bldg. 1458.

The DOD is committed to honoring and recognizing Hispanic Americans who strengthen the fabric of our country and serve in defense of the values we hold dear, the release said.

All department personnel are encouraged to recognize the immeasurable contributions made by Hispanic Americans and to celebrate the diversity of DOD’s workforce.

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