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September 17, 2007
Isabel M. Benemelis
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Interior Department Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month The National Park Service Hosts 2007 Special Observance Program “Hispanic Americans: Making a Positive Impact on Society Today”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of the Interior will hold a special observance program for Hispanic Heritage month at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2007 in the Sidney Yates Auditorium of the Main Interior Building. The national theme for this year’s national celebration is “Hispanic Americans: Making a Positive Impact on American Society.” The National Park Service planned and coordinated this year’s program in conjunction with Interior’s Special Emphasis and Observances Committee.

Hispanic Heritage Month, as proclaimed by the President of the United States, takes place from Sept. 15 – Oct. 15 of each year. It has been designated as a special time to promote and encourage a better understanding and appreciation by the general public for Hispanic cultural heritage and to honor the extraordinary achievements and contributions of Hispanic Americans in the United States.

Who: Douglas Domenech, Deputy Chief of Staff, Department of the Interior
Mary A. Bomar, Director, National Park Service
Soraya Correa, Director, Office of Procurement Operations,
Department of Homeland Security (Keynote Speaker)
Dan J. Solis, Chairman, National Organization for Mexican American
What: Department of the Interior Hispanic Heritage Month Observance Program
When: Thursday, Sept. 20, 2007, at 10:30 a.m.
Where: Sidney Yates Auditorium, Main Interior Building
1849 C Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.
Media: Credentialed media are invited to attend. Program participants will be available for interviews immediately following the ceremony.
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