Naval Base Coronado Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Last Updated : 10/7/2011 4:16:49 PM

By Aviation Machinist’s Mate Airman Amanda Huntoon

SAN DIEGO -- Naval Base Coronado celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month in the auditorium at Naval Air Station North Island Oct. 06, 2011.

The United States observes Hispanic Heritage Month to recognize the contributions that Hispanic and Latino American’s have made to the U.S. and to celebrate their culture and heritage.

"I am excited for this Hispanic Celebration and for the growth the Hispanic heritage has in leadership positions, not only in our country, but in our Navy," said Naval Base Coronado Commanding Officer Yancy B. Lindsey.

Hispanic Heritage Month takes place annually and lasts from 15 Sept. to 15 Oct.  This tradition has lasted for 23 years.

"We have these celebrations so we can look at the past and see where it has taken us presently and where it will take us in the future,” said Capt. Emilio Marrero, Force Chaplain for Naval Surface Forces, as well as the guest speaker for this event. “It is a story that needs to be told because we came together, despite our differences, to serve as Americans. It celebrates the diverse community that we are as a Navy.”

The festivities included a guest performance by Montgomery High School’s Mariachi Band who entertained the crowd of Sailors and civilians with traditional Hispanic music.   This was followed by a buffet with authentic Mexican cuisine, and a “Top Chef” competition for best prepared dish.

“We celebrate the different cultural events to recognize the contributions that each culture has given to the United States Navy,” said Chief Yeoman Lewis Jiggets, assigned to Naval Base Coronado’s Administration Office. “The event was perfect and everyone had a great time.”

This year’s theme is “many backgrounds, many stories, one American spirit.” Currently there are over 43,000 Hispanic Sailors serving in the United States Navy who come together from various Hispanic cultures for one common purpose, to protect and serve.