Heritage event celebrates culture, cross-cultural engagement

Story and photos by Derek Gean
Community editor

The value of cross-cultural engagement was the topic of the hour, as community members met to take part in the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood Hispanic American Heritage Month Observance Tuesday at Pershing Community Center.

The MSCoE Noncommissioned Officers Academy sponsored the event that featured Jaime Torres, a retired Air Force officer, who is currently the chairman of the Hispanic Leaders Group of Greater St. Louis and president of the Midwest Association for Latin American Studies, along with Cecilia Nadal, founder of St. Louis-based Gitana Productions.

Nadal’s organization is an arts and education group that engages cultures through music, dance and drama in the St. Louis area.

Command Sgt. Maj. Alma Zeladaparedes, NCOA  commandant, welcomed the St. Louis community  leaders to the event, noting how the two had used…     Read More...