Laura Chaves (red dress), Air Force Life Cycle Management, program manager, leads Airmen and guests through some basic Latin dance steps during a previous Hispanic Heritage Month grand finale event at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Chaves taught various Latin dances ranging from salsa, merengue to bachata in the local community. (U.S. Air Force photo/Michelle Gigante)

Special events scheduled to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at WPAFB

Hispanic Heritage Month is observed each year from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 and to celebrate the history and culture of those whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The following special events at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base are scheduled:

• Child Development Center book readings

Wright Field South CDC, Area B: Sept. 17 and 21, 9 to 10:30 a.m.

New Horizons CDC, Area A: Sept. 24 and 28, 9 to 10:30 a.m.

• Spanish themed meals

United States Air Force School of Medicine dining facility, Bldg. 840, Area B, Sept. 26, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Pitsenbarger Dining Facility, Bldg. 1214, Area A, Oct. 2, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• Latin Night at the USO with dance instructors, Bldg. 1222, Area A, Oct. 5, 6 to 9 p.m.

According to the Library of Congress, Hispanic Heritage Month began in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on Sept. 15 and ending on Oct. 15.

The day of Sept. 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on Sept. 16 and 18, respectively. Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is Oct. 12, also falls within this 30-day period.

For additional information or questions regarding Hispanic Heritage Month, contact the 2018 Hispanic Heritage Special Observance Committee Chairperson, Tech. Sgt. Elliot Dozier at 275-9222 or

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