Hispanic Heritage Month is the period from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 recognized nationally as a time to celebrate Hispanic art, culture and achievements throughout the United States. It actually began in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week, proclaimed by President Lyndon Johnson. It was then expanded by President Ronald Reagan to 30 days in 1988 and it was also enacted into law in August of that same year. September 15 was chosen as the start date because it coincides with the independence of several Latin American countries and is also close to Mexico’s Independence Day which is celebrated on Sept. 16.
The National Council of Hispanic Employment Program Managers recently approved the 2013 theme which is “Hispanics: Serving and Leading Our Nation with Pride and Honor.”
We commemorate the countless contributions Hispanic Americans have made to enrich the fabric of our great nation. They have enhanced our nation through contributions in the fields of art, science, education, business, and our great military. Hispanic Americans have bravely served in every conflict from the American Revolutionary War to the Global War on Terrorism. Several of these great leaders have been awarded the Medal of Honor and numerous other distinguished decorations for their leadership, courage and valor. Their sacrifices have and continue to ensure the very freedom, which each American so richly deserves and enjoys.
The 11th Armored Calvary Regiment salutes the countless Hispanic American men, women, and Families who have continued to sacrifice themselves for the betterment and advancement of this great nation.