FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. – Hispanic American Heritage Month is under way and to help celebrate the contributions of Hispanic Americans, Fort Leonard Wood is planning to hold its Hispanic American Heritage Month observance and luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 3 at the Pershing Community Center.
The event, hosted by the 3rd Chemical Brigade is scheduled to feature Yolanda Lorge, Grupo Latinoamericano Dance Company president, as the guest speaker.
Tickets for the luncheon are $10 and can be purchased through brigade equal opportunity advisors or by calling 573-596-0601/1013.
According to the Library of Congress website, each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.
The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting Sept. 15 and ending Oct. 15. It was enacted into law Aug. 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.