SAN DIEGO – Members of the USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) Command Assessment Team held an all hands call presentation to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, Oct. 14.
Observed from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, Hispanic Heritage Month commemorates the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens with ancestors from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.
"Our goal is to raise awareness and to celebrate the role of Hispanics in the Navy and their many accomplishments," said Logistics Specialist 1st Class Ladarrius Oliver.
The all hands call gave Pearl Harbor Sailors a chance to showcase their heritage and gave others a chance to learn more about the Hispanic culture. Additionally, the ceremony highlighted Dr. France A. Cordova, a world-renowned astrophysicist, and Medal of Honor Recipient Master Sgt. Roy Benavidez.
Pearl Harbor’s Command Assessment Team promotes diversity by hosting various events throughout the year to honor the theme of the month.
Observation of Hispanic Heritage Month began in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988. In 1970, the Hispanic population of the United States was 9.6 million, constituting 4.7 percent of the nation's total population. Constituting 17.1 percent of the nation’s total population today, Hispanics are now the nation's largest ethnic minority group in America.
Pearl Harbor is currently going through an Extended Docking Phased Maintenance Availability (EDPMA) in San Diego.