Tulsa District U.S. Army Corps of Engineer's Hispanic Heritage Committee wrapped up Hispanic Heritage month by hosting a celebration featuring music, games, piñatas and an assortment of Mexican pastries known as Pan Dulce.
"As a Hispanic American, Hispanic Heritage month is extremely important to me. I am very proud of my heritage and the contributions of the Hispanic people to our country," said Hispanic Heritage Committee chairman Alan Williams.
Guest speaker Erendira Zepeda de Williams, a bilingual linguist with the Broken Arrow School District, addressed attendees from various offices throughout Tulsa District, saying she is proud to be part of the approximately 75,000 Hispanic Americans living in the Tulsa area.
"Mexico gave me roots, a rich heritage and pride of the accomplishments of my people. The United States gave me a new language, an education and the right to be proud of my own heritage." Williams said.
"My new country gave me wings and the confidence to fly." Williams added she has a feeling of gratitude for the opportunity to do better here in the United States, to have the American dream.
COL. Scott Preston, Commander, Tulsa District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said "As we take this time to explore their history in our nation, I encourage you to learn more about this culture's contributions to the military, including the sixty soldiers, sailors and marines of Hispanic heritage that have received the Medal of Honor since the Civil War, the latest being U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Leroy Petry for his actions in Afghanistan."