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USNA Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

  POSTED ON: Wednesday, September 24, 2014 2:08 PM by USNA PAO

The Naval Academy held a kickoff ceremony for Hispanic Heritage Month in Smoke Hall Sept. 15.

Coordinated by the Naval Academy's Diversity Department and the Latin American Studies Club, the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month recognizes the contributions made and the important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans, their heritage and culture in the United States and its Navy.

"It is important for all midshipmen, especially those of Latin descent to understand and know what part our heritage played in American and naval history," said Midshipman 1st Class Manuel De La Cruz.

Approximately 510 midshipmen, which is 11 percent of the midshipmen population, identify with Latin descent.

Event at Bancroft Hall

"This year we had Mrs. Yolanda Maria Martinez, Chair for the Governor's Commission on Hispanic Affairs as our featured guest speaker," said Cruz. "She was our guest speaker last year for our banquet, and I thought having her back would be great for the plebes to hear her story and that of her family."

Category: General Interest