Celebrating Hispanic-American heritage

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  • By Capt. Jennifer Greig
  • 71st Flying Training Wing Equal Opportunity
Hispanic Americans have long strengthened our country and contributed to the spirit of America. In commemoration of these great contributions, Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 has been set aside to recognize their impact on our great nation.

National Hispanic Heritage Month is an opportunity to honor these contributions and celebrate the rich cultural traditions of our Hispanic-American community. Hispanic Americans have helped establish America as a place of freedom and opportunity, and their contributions have illustrated what is best about our great Nation. Their hard work, love of country and deep commitment to faith and family have shaped the character of our country and helped preserve the values we all cherish. By sharing their vibrant culture and heritage, Hispanic Americans have also enriched the American experience and helped define the unique fabric of our Nation.

Hispanic Americans have also carried on a proud tradition of service to our Nation. In times of great consequence, they have answered the call to defend America as members of our Armed Forces. These brave men and women bring honor to America, and we are grateful for their service and sacrifice.

In our towns and communities, Hispanic Americans have also shown the good heart of our Nation by volunteering to help their fellow Americans. Their kindness and compassion have made a difference in the lives of others and have made our country a more hopeful place for all.

During National Hispanic Heritage Month, we celebrate the diversity that makes America stronger, and we recognize the many ways Hispanic Americans have enriched our Nation. To honor the achievements of Hispanic Americans, the Congress, by Public Law 100 402, as amended, has authorized and requested the President to issue annually a proclamation designating Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 as "National Hispanic Heritage Month."

Please join the Equal Opportunity Office in celebrating Hispanic American Heritage month on Vance Air Force Base as we highlight, throughout the month, the many Hispanic Americans who have served so valiantly in our armed forces currently and throughout history.