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Fort Benning celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

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FORT BENNING, GA (WTVM) -

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Fort Benning celebrated the histories, cultures and contributions of Hispanic-American soldiers today with an address from COL Glenn R. Huber, Jr., Commandant of the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, at the Benning Conference Center.  

Huber gave his address on the subject of this year's Hispanic Heritage Month theme: Guiding our Destiny with Heritage and Traditions. He tied the theme in with the importance of celebrating this history in the military.

Huber says, "I am proud to be identified as an Hispanic American because of the contributions I've made to my country, to the Army, but also the great contribution that I've seen throughout the ranks of other soldiers, airmen, marines, and sailors, an even coastguardsmen that are serving our ranks today, and doing so with the utmost care, pride, and dedication to our service."

Hispanic Heritage Week was first observed in 1968 and expanded to a full month under President Ronald Reagan in 1988. The month begins on Sept. 15, which is the anniversary of the independence of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico declared its independence on Sept. 16, and Chile's Independence Day is Sept. 18.

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