MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -- An observance will be held to honor Hispanic Heritage Month at the
Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune Officers’ Club Sept. 15 from 11:30 a.m.
to 1 p.m.
During the event Marines and Sailors will commemorate the history,
culture and contributions of Americans whose ancestry is traced to
Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America. The National
Hispanic Heritage Month began 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 from September 15 through October 15.
"In addition to serving as the ‘kick-off’ for the Hispanic Heritage
Month, the event will also serve as an educational platform to inform
patrons on the Special Emphasis Program goals and objectives," said
Lindsay Smith, an equal opportunity employment specialist at Camp
Lejeune. "The overarching goal of the program is to increase the
participation rates of diverse populations within the workforce."
Attendents have the opportunity to learn about the leadership
development programs currently available to the workforce at all levels.
All military, residents and employees on the installation may attend in
the uniform of the day or business casual. The program will include
guest speakers, entertainment and access to a Hispanic commemoration
buffet for a fee.
"America’s diversity has always been one of our nation’s greatest
strengths," said Ramon A. Ayala-Heredia, deputy equal employment
opportunity officer at Camp Lejeune. "Hispanic Americans continue to
shape our country in a myriad of areas through their strong commitment
to family, faith, ingenuity, hard work and public service."