2012 National Hispanic Heritage Month
This year's National Theme is "Diversity United, Building America's Future Today". The Theme refers to the vital role Hispanics play in the moments that shape our country, and during Hispanic American Heritage Month the U.S. Army recognizes the achievements and contributions of these individuals. America’s diversity is a source of strength, and Hispanic Americans have not hesitated to defend and show their allegiance to this nation in many ways, but especially through military service.
Originally a week-long celebration approved by President Johnson, National Hispanic Heritage Month (15 September – 15 October) was enacted into law in 1988. The celebration heightens our attention to diversity and the many contributions Hispanics have made to enrich the United States.
The observance commences on 15 September to coincide with the day several Latin American countries celebrate their Independence Day. Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua celebrate their Independence Day on 15 September, Mexico on 16 September (not on 5 May/”Cinco de Mayo”), and Chile on 18 September. Columbus Day, "Día de la Raza", is also celebrated during Hispanic Heritage Month.
For years, the Army has forged relationships with Hispanic associations, and will continue to support and sponsor professional development forums. Through these relationships, the Army further increases awareness among key Hispanic audiences of the educational and career opportunities available in the Army.