2007 Hispanic Heritage Observance Luncheon

Mariachi Alma Mexicana serenade and entertain guests during the luncheon Oct. 11 (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kamaile Chan)

Mariachi Alma Mexicana serenade and entertain guests during the luncheon Oct. 11 (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kamaile Chan)

Simon Rincon, owner of Nachos Restaurant, serves up a plate of Mexican food for guests attending the observance luncheon Oct. 11 at the Event Center. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kamaile Chan)

Simon Rincon, owner of Nachos Restaurant, serves up a plate of Mexican food for guests attending the observance luncheon Oct. 11 at the Event Center. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kamaile Chan)

Col. Richard Ayres, 17th Training Wing commander, presents Harold Dominguez, San Angelo city manager with an appreciation gift for being this year’s guest speaker. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kamaile Chan)

Col. Richard Ayres, 17th Training Wing commander, presents Harold Dominguez, San Angelo city manager with an appreciation gift for being this year’s guest speaker. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kamaile Chan)

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- The Goodfellow Hispanic Heritage Committee hosted the 2007 Hispanic Heritage Month Observance Luncheon Oct. 11 at the Event Center.

Approximately 150 people attended the event designed to raise cultural awareness of the contributions of Hispanics in American society.

In 1988, Public Law 100-42, established September 15 through Oct. 15 as Hispanic Heritage Month. This year's theme was "Hispanic Americans: Making a Positive Impact on American Society.

The luncheon featured Harold Dominguez, San Angelo city manager, as the guest speaker. Mr. Dominguez spoke about the contributions Hispanics have made to American society, and how the success experienced by many Hispanics has been obtained thanks to the sacrifices and hard work of previous generations. He articulated this point by treating guests to a short story about how, thanks to the hard work and sacrifice of his mother, many of his relatives were able to go to college. One of his uncles even became an officer in the U.S. military and retired as a lieutenant colonel.

The luncheon also featured entertainment provided by Mariachi Alma Mexicana. Mexican-style beef and chicken fajitas with all the trimmings were catered by Nachos Restaurant. Latin-American arts and crafts were on display around the room and tables, along with small flags of Spain and various Latin-American countries.

Colonel Richard Ayres, 17th Training Wing commander, gave closing remarks and reminded guests that the diversity in cultures and backgrounds of our servicemen and women is one of the most important and unique characteristics about the U.S. Armed Forces, and that having such diversity allows the military to be a more versatile and formidable force in the fight to secure peace and freedom.

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