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MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC MRA MP//
SUBJ/2021 NATIONAL HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH//
NARR/REF A IS PUBLIC LAW ON NATIONAL HISPANIC HERITAGE WEEK. REF B IS PUBLIC LAW ON NATIONAL HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH.//
POC/J. R. DECLOUX/MAJ/CMC (MPE)/TEL: COM 703-784-9371/DSN 278/EMAIL: JESSICA.DECLOUX@USMC.MIL//
POC/A. QUINONES/SGT/CMC (MPE)/TEL: COM 703-784-9371/DSN 287/EMAIL: ANTHONY.QUINONES@USMC.MIL//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated each year from September 15 through October 15. The 2021 observance theme is “Esperanza: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage and Hope.”
2. On 17 September 1968, Congress issued a joint resolution authorizing the President to proclaim annually the week including September 15 and 16 as “National Hispanic Heritage Week.” Congress amended this resolution in 1988 creating a 31-day observance beginning on 15 September and ending on 15 October. Since 1988, Presidents have issued proclamations, executive orders, and other guiding statements on National Hispanic Heritage Month and the policies to honor the achievements of Hispanic Americans. Both statutes can be found in the Public Laws section of www.congress.gov.
3. During Hispanic Heritage Month, we take the opportunity to honor all Americans of Hispanic descent and to acknowledge their past and ongoing contributions to the success and growth of our Nation. Hispanic Americans are the largest minority group in the United States today, and generations of Hispanic Americans have consistently helped make our country strong and prosperous.
4. The Marine Corps is committed to living the values we defend and treating everyone with dignity and respect. As such, the Marine Corps takes pride in building strength through diversity and is dedicated to promoting a professional environment free from personal, social, or institutional barriers that prevent Marines from reaching their full potential.
5. Release authorized by BGen A. T. Williamson, Director, Manpower Plans and Policy Division.//