FORT LEE, Va. – The installation’s annual Hispanic Heritage Month celebration is set for Sept. 19, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., at the Lee Theater. Admission is free and open to the public.
The 2019 Hispanic Heritage Month theme is “Hispanic Americans: A History of Serving Our Nation.” It invites the public to remember and reflect upon the services and contributions of Hispanic American’s in every walk of life, from medicine to military service, throughout the history of our nation.
The installation observance is being hosted by ALU’s Logistics Noncommissioned Officer Academy and CASCOM’s Equal Opportunity Office. The observance seeks to emphasize diversity and further educate attendees about Hispanic culture.
The guest speaker will be Jose Hernandez, Petroleum and Water Department director, Quartermaster School. Special cultural dances by cadre and others are planned. Those event details were not yet confirmed when the Traveller was going to print. Additional information will be announced in upcoming issues of the newspaper.
The national Hispanic Heritage Month observance runs from Sept. 15 - Oct. 15. When it started in 1968, it was only a week-long event launched by then-President Lyndon B. Johnson. It was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period. It was made an official observance on Aug. 17, 1988, with the approval of Public Law 100-402.
There is a good reason why the observance starts in the middle of the month. Sept. 15 is a significant date because it’s the anniversary of independence for several Latin American countries such as Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on Sept. 16 and 18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day, or Día de la Raza, which is Oct. 12, falls within this 30-day period.
Those from the local community who would like to attend the program are reminded that a valid state- or government-issued picture ID card is required for access to the installation by anyone 18 years of age or older. Additional details can be found at home.army.mil/lee/index.php/visitors.
For more information about the Sept. 19 observance, call Sgt. 1st Class David McCallister at 804-765-8987.