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The U.S. Army to Honor Latino Heroes

This is a press release worth passing on. A million thank you's to the great American men and women of Latino heritage that have given their lives and fought for our adoptive country. They are true heroes.
Gala Reception in Nation's Capital Headlines Army's National, Month-long Program of Activities

San Antonio, TX--(HISPANIC PR WIRE)--September 9, 2005--Continuing its longstanding commitment to celebrating the Army's contributions of Hispanics to America, the U. S. Army announced today its comprehensive Hispanic Heritage program entitled "Generaciones: Centuries of Answering our Nation's Call to Duty." Generaciones (Generations) is a month-long series of events that will highlight the heroic achievements, and honor Latinos in the military that have served our nation from generations past and present.

'The commitment Hispanics have demonstrated to our nation and its ideals is irrefutable and laudable. From the Revolutionary War to our present Global War on Terrorism, Hispanics have responded to our Nation's call generously and bravely,' said Lt. Gen. Robert L. Van Antwerp, Commanding General, U.S. Army Accessions Command, Fort Knox, Kentucky.

Headlining the month-long series of events is the U.S. Army's Generaciones gala reception to be held at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel (1401 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C.) on Tuesday, September 13 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Invited guests to the Generaciones reception include Hispanic War Veterans, senior military leaders and General Officers from all armed services, Members of Congress, Hispanic community and civic leaders, as well as educators. Several Hispanic recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor ' the nation's highest military award ' have been invited to this event and a special tribute is planned to
honor their singular contributions.

U.S. Army events scheduled throughout Hispanic Heritage month include:
  • a Congressional Medal of Honor Exhibit Tour to select high schools in San Antonio, Phoenix, Anaheim/Los Angeles and San Jose/ San Francisco. The exhibit will also feature Army officials highlighting the service of Hispanics Soldiers that have 'answered our nation's call to duty.'
  • There will also be participation from local Army battalion representatives and Veterans in each city.

English and Spanish public service announcements (PSAs) for radio and TV have been produced for airing. Profiles of selected Hispanic officers and enlisted Soldiers will appear on the Army's website, The PSAs, profiles and general information on the Hispanic Heritage month-long activities will run September 15 to October 15. Other Army-supported sponsorships and community outreach will also be part of the nation's celebration of Hispanic Heritage month.

In addition, the Army has secured sponsorships and support for an array of longstanding community programs as well as its commitment to several national conventions, such as the Hispanic Engineering National Achievement Awards Corporation (HENAAC) in Anaheim, California and the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) in Phoenix, Arizona.

For more information regarding the U.S. Army's participation during Hispanic Heritage Month, contact Gustavo A. Bujanda, 210-892-0733 or


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