The USMC Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month
Hispanic Americans in the United States Marine Corps
Hispanic Americans have long played an integral role in the building of our great nation, our collective rich culture and our proud American heritage. Each year, we observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from 15 September – 15 October. During this period, we celebrate the histories, cultures, and contributions of Americans with ancestors from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America. The 15th of September has much significance, as it is the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. The theme for this years Hispanic American Heritage Month is: “Embracing, Enriching, and Enabling America.”
The Hispanic American community has enhanced and shaped our national character with centuries-old traditions that reflect the multi-ethnic and multicultural customs of their community and embraced and enriched the ideals on which our nation was founded. Through a history of contributions in the arts, sports, public service, research and development, non-profit organization management, civil rights, politics, business, agriculture, and service industry, Hispanic Americans have enriched our communities, our nation, and our world.
From the founding of the Marine Corps in 1775, through operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, Hispanic Marines have distinguished themselves with Valor on the battlefield.
Find out more about the service of Hispanic Americans in the Corps in our Topic Guide.
Plan Your Visit!
In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Museum is hosting a docent-led hour-long tour given in Spanish. The tour is limited to 20 visitors. Admission to the Museum and parking are always FREE!
Please see our Calendar of Events for dates and more details.
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