Hispanic heritage honored at Officers’ Club

21 Jul 2016 | Lance Cpl. Tavairus Hernandez Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune

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."