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NEWS | Sept. 26, 2018

Hispanics: One Endless Voice to Enhance Traditions

By Senior Master Sgt. Melinda Morris 633 Air Base Wing Equal Opportunity

The 128th Aviation Brigade will host a Hispanic Heritage observance ceremony in the Fort Eustis Wylie Theater, Oct. 4, 2018 at 10 a.m.

The event will feature guest speaker, Michel Zajur, Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce founder and CEO, and will provide resources to advocate for Hispanic business owners, connecting diverse entrepreneurs.

Annually, the contributions of the Hispanic community to American society are recognized from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. 

“During the National Hispanic Heritage Month, we honor all American citizens of Hispanic descent and celebrate their rich and vibrant traditions of faith, family, hard work and patriotism,” said President Donald J. Trump.

Through this month-long period of celebration, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico, Chile and Belize celebrate the anniversary of their independence.

On the 2010 Census forum, people of Spanish, Hispanic and/or Latino origin could identify themselves as Mexican, Mexican American, Chicano, Puerto Rican, Cuban, or another Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin. Hispanic or Latino is not designated as a race, but as a declaration because the term refers to Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish cultures or origins regardless of race.

"We are extremely grateful to all Hispanic-American men and women who have served and are currently serving in our Armed Forces," said U.S. Army Col. Jennifer Walkawicz, 733rd Mission Support Group commander. "It is important that we celebrate Hispanic-American contributions made not just to JBLE, but to our country."

Other ideas to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at home, school or with friends can be found at: