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Hispanic Heritage Month: Celebrating the ‘American Mosaic’

By Cadet 2nd Class Frank Montes de Oca
U.S. Air Force Academy

What makes America great? Some say it’s the freedoms American citizens are guaranteed. Others may say it’s the opportunities available at our fingertips. If you ask me, this country is great because of its diversity.

140923-F-RB000-001My parents immigrated to New York City in the early ’80s. My father is Honduran and my mother Costa Rican. They came to the U.S. to establish a new life by seeking the opportunities America has to offer. Shortly after my birth, we moved to Florida. My parents worked from sunrise to sunset to provide for my sister and me, and took English classes at night. My father later attended technical schools, and my mother took a job at Walt Disney World, where she’s remained for 20 years. Continue reading Hispanic Heritage Month: Celebrating the ‘American Mosaic’