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September 15- October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15- October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month

WESTOVER AIR RESERVE BASE, Mass. --

During National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 - October 15), we recognize the contributions made and the important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States, and celebrate the many different cultures that make up Hispanic Heritage. It is also a time to recognize the immeasurable contributions Hispanic Americans have made to defending our country and building a more inclusive nation.

Hispanics have had a profound and positive influence on our country through their strong commitment to family, faith, hard work, and service. They have enhanced and shaped our national character with centuries-old traditions that reflect the multi-ethnic and multi-cultural customs of their community.                                                                                                                                    

Hispanic Heritage Month, whose roots go back to 1968, begins each year on September 15, the anniversary of the independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico, Chile and Belize also celebrate their independence days during this period and Columbus Day (Día de la Raza) is October 12. The month of recognition and celebration ends 15 October 2018.

Hispanic Heritage observance began in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week, under President Lyndon Johnson.  It was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988, to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15.  It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

The 2018 Hispanic Heritage Month theme is, “Hispanics: One Endless Voice to Enhance our Traditions.”  According to The National Council of Hispanic Employment Program Managers (NCHEPM), which is responsible for establishing the annual theme, the theme invites us to reflect on Hispanic Americans’ tradition, history and culture. 

On Westover ARB, events planned by the Hispanic Heritage Month Committee, in collaboration with the Westover Club will include the following: Fri Night 9/14 – Free dance lessons at the club in Salsa, Merengue, or Bachata—Fun! Fun! Fun! Sat Night 9/15 - Dancing to Latino sounds and food and drink specials in conjunction with Game Night, at the club.

 The club will also continue their $1 Taco Tuesday throughout the month. Sun Oct 13 – Final program with a performance and food sampling, 1130 in Civilian Personnel classroom. To help ensure a successful month of celebration, your participation is welcome.

For additional information, please contact Dr. Annette Peartree-Mandley at 413 557-7139 or email:  annette.mandley@us.af.mil