Hispanic Heritage Month
By Airman 1st Class Joshua D. Edwards, 17th Training Wing Public Affairs
/ Published September 18, 2012
GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas --
Good food and lively dancing are usually some of the first things on people's mind when it comes to Hispanic culture. However, Hispanic and Latino people are so much more than that and it is recognized in Hispanic Heritage Month.
Hispanic Heritage Month started Sept. 15 and ends Oct. 15. It is a time to recognize the contributions that Hispanic and Latino Americans have given to the U.S. Hispanic Heritage Month is also a time to celebrate the Hispanic and Latino American's heritage and culture.
Hispanic Heritage Month was originally started in 1968 as a week instead of a month. President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed the week that included Sept. 15 and Sept 16 as Hispanic Heritage Week. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan changed it from being one week long to a month long.
Sept. 15 was chosen as the start because five Latin American countries celebrate their independence on that day. Those countries are Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. The reason Sept. 16 is important is because that is when Mexico celebrates their independence. Chile and Belize also celebrate their impendence on Sept. 18 and Sept. 21, respectively.
"Our Nation's story would not be possible without generations of Hispanics who have shaped and strengthened the fabric of our Union," said President Barack H. Obama in the President Proclamation for Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 14, 2012. "They have enriched every aspect of our national identity with traditions that stretch across centuries and reflect the many ancestries that comprise the Hispanic community. This month, we celebrate this rich heritage and reflect on the invaluable contributions Hispanics have made to America."
There are around 52 million Hispanic and Latino Americans in the United States, which makes up around 16 percent of the entire population. They are the largest ethnic or race minority in the United States.
The Event Center plans to hold an open house from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Oct. 2. This open house will feature a food tasting from different Hispanic countries. Hispanic Heritage Month facts will be published on the Goodfellow website and the facebook page.