By Reggie Jarrett
Editor, Jax Air News
Hispanic Heritage Month was celebrated at Personnel Support Detachment (PSD) Jacksonville Oct. 12. The event included speeches about Hispanic culture, music and authentic food.
Guest speaker CMDCM Ricardo Moreyra, with the Navy Recruiting District in Miami, recounted his "tri-cultural" background to an audience of about 60 people.
"For me, coming from a background of being born in Cuba and living in Puerto Rico and then moving to the United States, I get a little of those three cultures and they are special to me," he said.
"I can share and understand what some of us are going through, and make it more of a close-knit understanding of one another."
Manny Marguy, director of PSD, pointed out that Naval Air Station Jacksonville has about 30 families evacuated from Puerto Rico and Southern Florida due to the recent hurricanes added to the significance of the day.
"Having the displaced families here made it more emotional," he said.
"There was lots of energy showing love to those affected by Hurricane Maria."
The event also included Hispanic music as retired MU2 Oscar Munoz played conga drums to the delight of the crowd and it was followed by a lunch of authentic food.
"We celebrate our cultural diversity as a country," Marguy said, "and more importantly we celebrate those who are represented by these cultural months."
The importance of celebrating different cultures in the Navy was noted by Moreyra. We are a very diverse culture here in the Navy, we come from different backgrounds," he said.
"It is a strength of the Navy to have so many diverse cultures working together for a common goal."