Hispanic Heritage Month: Embracing, Enabling, Enriching America

According to National Hispanic Heritage Month facts, Americans observe Hispanic Heritage Month every year by celebrating the history, diverse cultures and many contributions made by U.S. citizens with Hispanic ancestry from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. President Lyndon Johnson initiated the first observance in 1968, which was originally Hispanic Heritage Week. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan expanded the special observance to cover a 30-day period. Sept. 15 is significant as it’s the anniversary of the independence of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Additionally, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence Sept. 16 and 18, respectively. For additional information, visit www.hispanicheritagemonth.gov/index.html.

86th Airlift Wing’s Hispanic Heritage Month events

• Through Oct. 10: Coloring Contest for children 10 and under, Ramstein Library

• Through Oct. 13: Children’s storytime, 10 to 10:30 a.m. Thursdays at Ramstein Library

• Through Oct. 15: Hispanic heritage literary display, Ramstein Library

• Sept. 28: Basic Spanish lesson, 2:45 to 3:30 p.m. at Ramstein Library

Hispanic Heritage Committee’s Hispanic Heritage Month events

• Through Oct. 3: Scholarship essay contest. For details, email hispanicheritagecommittee.ramstein@ramstein.af.mil.

• Oct. 8: Breast Cancer Awareness 5K, 8 a.m. at Southside Fitness Center on Ramstein. This is a free event with T-shirts given to the first 50 registrants.

• Oct. 11: Speed mentoring, 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Ramstein, Bldg. 2407. To reserve a spot, email Tech. Sgt. Antonio Oquendo at antonio.oquendo@us.af.mil.