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News | Oct. 10, 2019

DLA Distribution celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month

By DLA Distribution Public Affairs

Honoring Hispanic Americans—essential to the blueprint of our nation, is the 2019 theme for National Hispanic Heritage Month. 

Defense Logistics Agency Distribution’s Multicultural Committee held an event to celebrate this annual tradition of recognizing and honoring Hispanic Americans and their contributions during a ceremony in the headquarters’ Gainey Auditorium, Sept. 17.

DLA Distribution Susquehanna, Pennsylvania’s Commander, Army Col. March Callis, II, hosted the event. In his remarks, he touched on how the strength of the Hispanic American community lends and builds to the strength of the nation.

“Since our founding, our nation has drawn strength from the diversity of our people. With faith and passion, a sturdy work ethic and profound devotion to family, Hispanics have helped carry forward our legacy as a vibrant beacon of opportunity for all,” said Callis. “Whether their ancestors have been here for generations, or are among the newest members of our American family, they represent many countries and cultures, each adding their own distinct and dynamic perspectives to our country’s story.”

“They are the brave men and women in uniform who commit themselves to defending our most cherished ideals at home and abroad. Their lasting achievements and devotion to our nation exemplify the tenacity and perseverance embedded in our national character. During National Hispanic Heritage Month, let us renew our commitment to ensuring ours remains a society where the talents and potential of all its members can be fully realized,” said Callis. 

Featured guest speaker Luz Colon was named by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf as the executive director of the Governor’s Advisory Commission for Latino Affairs in March 2016. 

Through her role as the GACLA liaison and her other government and leadership roles, Colon has organized innumerable community events all over the state to bring her many resources to help communities. 

Colon represents the Latino community and assumes personal responsibility in bringing forth and showcasing what the Latino community is doing in a positive light. She has organized innumerable events around the state, bringing many resources to help communities.  She is a current member of the National Conference of Puerto Rican Woman. She’s also dedicated 15 years as a committee person for the 20th Ward and 10th Division in Philadelphia.

Colon shared her experiences with the audience, noting how working in the community gave her a sense of thankfulness. 

“It was good, it was gratifying, it gave me so much pleasure to just to be able to engage our community, unite individuals, it gave me a sense of gratitude and I felt good about what I was doing each and every day.”

Colon has worked to bring attention to Latino veterans issues in the Commonwealth, as well as making more resources available to Latino small businesses by organizing working groups.

During the event Colon read the Pennsylvania governor’s proclamation of Hispanic Heritage Month. 

The event culminated with a Spanish Medley performed by Trafassi. Callis then closed the event with an award presentation to Colon, thanking her for sharing her experiences with the audience.