The U.S. Navy is helping to celebrate 2016 Hispanic Heritage month.

September 24 2016

The month of September has been designated Hispanic Heritage month so all month there will be gatherings and programs dedicated to Hispanic Heritage and what it means in America. The U.S. Navy has joined in on recognizing Hispanic Heritage too. This year, the theme “Embracing, Enriching, and Enabling America,” represents Hispanic Americans walking together with those who share in the honor of calling this nation home.

Rear Adm. Moises DelToro III, deputy commander for Undersea Warfare, Naval Sea Systems Command and commander, Naval Undersea Warfare Center is himself Hispanic and had this to say, “It is an honor for me to carry on the legacy of millions of Hispanic Americans who have gone before me in service to our nation,”.

The observation of Hispanic Heritage month had its beginnings in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson. In 1988, it was expanded by President Ronald Reagan to cover a 30-day period, paying tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society. The unique dates of this heritage month were chosen to encompass the Independence Day anniversaries for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico and Chile.

As for the U.S. Navy being the most powerful and biggest Navy in the world come due in part to the more than 57,000 Hispanic Sailors currently serving in the Navy and more than 16,000 Hispanic civilian employees working for the Department of the Navy (DoN).

Representing in virtually every rank and military skill to include fighter pilots, physicians, nuclear engineers, policy makers, boatswains and corpsmen Hispanic Americans have served at sea in every war of our nation’s history. There are many Hispanic Americans that helped pave the way for some of today’s current Hispanic leadership.

So it is with great honor and gratefulness that the U.S. Navy celebrated Hispanic Heritage month.