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The month-long recognition began Sept. 15 and runs through Oct. 15. “Our Navy and Marine Corps is a stronger, more capable force because of the rich heritage of our Hispanic servicemembers,” said Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro.
During #HispanicHeritageMonth, we celebrate and honor the achievements and contributions of all our Hispanic and Latinx Sailors, Marines, Civilians, Contractors and their families. Today’s Navy is more diverse and accepting of all cultures, lifestyles and our people than at any moment in history.
Originally celebrated as a weeklong event, it was extended to a month and signed into law by President Ronald Reagan in 1988. Sept. 15 was chosen as the opening for the commemoration because it is widely recognized as the start of the Mexican War of Independence, which culminated in 1821.
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