The National Council of Hispanic Employment Program Managers (NCHEPM), announced the 2013 Hispanic Heritage Month theme: “Hispanics: Serving and Leading Our Nation with Pride and Honor.” The theme highlights the important roles and significant contributions Hispanics have made with pride and honor in all sectors of the American society.
NCHEPM members, associates, and partners from various federal agencies and affinity groups, including the general public, selected the theme through a voting process which started in April 2013 with more than 40 theme submissions.
Verónica Vásquez from the U.S. Navy, Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) in California submitted the winning theme, stating “Hispanics have served our nation as soldiers, educators, field workers, politicians, doctors, [and more] since the U.S. was first declared a nation, and we continue to serve in these roles […] everyday, making a mark on this great nation of ours. It is time to educate our nation on our many accomplishments, our capabilities, and how we do it with pride and honor.”
Ismael Martínez, Chairman of the Council, shared Miss Vásquez’s sentiment. “The theme calls not only for the recognition of the contributions Hispanics have made for our nation, but for the appreciation and respect of the individuals who have unreservedly championed these,” he stated. “It is time for us to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of our brothers and sisters.”
Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, and South America.
The Hispanic Heritage observance 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 September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.
The NCHEPM is a membership-based organization consisting of an executive board, members, associates, and partners from multiple Federal agencies and other organizations from across the United States, advocating for the improvement of Hispanic participation in the Federal Government.
For more information, visit www.nationalcouncilhepm.net