PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. - National Hispanic Heritage Month, observed annually throughout the United States from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, will be celebrated at the PresidioAca,!a,,cs Tin Barn auditorium 4 p.m. Oct. 12, Installation Equal Opportunity Advisor Sgt. 1st Class David P. Doyle has announced. The Presidio event is being planned and sponsored by the NavyAca,!a,,cs Presidio-based Center for Information Dominance Detachment.

National Hispanic Heritage Month was first celebrated in 1989 in accordance with Public Law 100-402 signed by President Ronald Reagan on Aug. 17, 1988. The measure amended a public law signed 20 years earlier by President Richard M. Nixon which had established National Hispanic Heritage Week.

The national theme for this yearAca,!a,,cs observance is: Aca,!A"Heritage, Diversity, Integrity and Honor, the Renewed Hope for America.Aca,!A?

The purpose and significance of paying tribute to Americans of Hispanic origin is implicit in this yearAca,!a,,cs proclamation of National Hispanic Heritage Month by President Barack Obama.

Aca,!A"This month we honor Hispanics for enriching the fabric of America, even as we recognize and rededicate ourselves to addressing the challenges to equality and opportunity that many Hispanics still face,Aca,!A? Obama said. Aca,!A"In reflecting on our nationAca,!a,,cs rich Hispanic heritage let us take pride in our unique and vibrant history and recommit to a future of freedom, prosperity and opportunity for all.Aca,!A?

The mid-September to mid-October timing of Hispanic Heritage Month pays homage to the national aspirations of Latin American neighbors of the United States. Sept. 15 is the anniversary of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico declared its independence on Sept. 16 and Chile on Sept. 18.

The U.S. Army expressed support for Hispanic recognition in an announcement posted on the ArmyAca,!a,,cs Aca,!A"Stand-To!Aca,!A? website.

Aca,!A"In honor of the tremendous contributions Hispanics make to our force, the Army joins our nation in celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month,Aca,!A? the announcement said. Aca,!A"Throughout the ArmyAca,!a,,cs history Hispanic soldiers have served our nation proudly.Aca,!A?