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Robins set to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Sept. 15 – Oct. 15

2018 National Hispanic Heritage Month poster

Hispanic Americans have an undeniable and proud record of military service, dating back to the Civil War. This month’s poster is designed to showcase Hispanic American devotion to duty and celebrate their culture and heritage. The service member represents all Hispanic men and women who have diligently served our nation. Within the uniform are images of Hispanic service members and civilians contributing to their notable history in various ways. The tapestry behind the service member represents the cultural vibrancy of the many nations who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society. Whether their origins can be traced to Spain, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Mexico, or one of dozens of other Spanish-speaking countries or cultures, Hispanic Americans have defended America with unwavering valor and honor. Today, thousands of Hispanic-American service members throughout the world are protecting our nation. Just as in generations past, we honor our Hispanic community—military and civilian—for significantly contributing toward protecting the United States and embodying Department of Defense values that unite us as one team.

2018 Hispanic Heritage Observance

The Hispanic Heritage Committee is hosting a celebration kickoff at the Robins Air Force Base exchange, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, at noon, to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month. The 30-day observance period runs from Sept. 15 – Oct. 15 and encompasses many independence anniversaries for Latin American countries.

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From the Civil War to the conflicts of today, people with Hispanic Heritage roots have defended the United States and its way of life.

Robins will reflect on Hispanic Americans’ tradition, history and culture, as it celebrates this community’s achievements and contributions in history Sept. 15 – Oct. 15.

The celebration will begin at the Base Exchange at noon, Sept. 15, with a Hispanic Heritage Display and free sampling of food from the culture. The kickoff will feature the 7-member dance group, the Sun Guadalajara, performing three dances: El Jarabe Tapatio, La Vikina, and Guadalajara.

Cake will also be served at the kickoff.

Ed Armijo, chairman of Robins’ Hispanic Heritage Committee, whose family shares a rich military history, said he encourages all who can to participate in the observance.

“Sharing such a beautiful culture is what I enjoy the most of Hispanic Heritage Month,” he said. “Houston County has so much talent from the diverse Latino community consisting of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Dominican Republic and many more.”

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on Sept. 15 and ending on Oct. 15.

The observance was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402. The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for the Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.

For more information on Robins Hispanic Heritage Observance, call 478-222- 3785 or e-mail edward.armijo@us.af.mil.