FORT HOOD, Texas-- A Hispanic Heritage Month Observance is scheduled to take place at Howze Auditorium, here, Sept. 21, 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.

The observance will be sponsored by III Corps and the 2nd Brigade Combat Team "Black Jack," 1st Cavalry Division, and open to all personnel here.

This year's observance theme is "Diversity United, Building America's Future Today." Scheduled events during the observance include: The reading of the Hispanic Heritage Proclamation, performances by Ballet Folklorico Algeria and Zumba Dance, guest speaker Jose Segarra -- 10-year Army veteran and vice-chairman for the Killeen Chamber of Commerce, and a Hispanic food sampling at the Black Jack Dining Facility -- corner of 75th Street and Old Ironside Ave, here.

National Hispanic Heritage month was signed into effect through a proclamation by President Barack Obama in 2011 to honor the achievements of Hispanics in America.

Obama states in the proclamation "Hispanics have a profound and positive influence on our country through their strong commitment to family, faith, hard work and service. They have enhanced and shaped our national character with centuries-old traditions that reflect the multiethnic and multicultural customs of their community. They are doctors and lawyers, activists and educators, entrepreneurs and public servants, and brave service members who defend our way of life at home and abroad."

For further information about the observance, please contact Sgt. 1st Class James Dawson, 2nd BCT's Equal Opportunity Advisor, at 254-288-7128.