The United States Army 
Solidary Foundation
 and  League of United Latin American Citizens, (“LULAC”)
Working Together for the Community


The United States Army, was founded on June 14, 1775, and its mission is an integral part of our nation’s security, because the United States Army is an extension of the American people. The Army’s main outreach effort, is through events and relationships with community organizations, and so that  local communities  bring  the nation closer to the Soldiers who serve them.

Solidary Foundation, having its origin in 1999, helps communities worldwide, and is dedicated to serving the poor, regardless of a person's religion, race, ethnicity, or gender, as a demonstration of God's unconditional love for all people.

LULAC the League of United Latin American Citizens, “LULAC" was created in 1929, as a non-profit, non-partisan, national organization  whose mission is to advance the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, housing, health and civil rights of the Hispanic population of the United States.


In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the U.S. Army   recognizes  the contributions of Hispanic soldiers, celebrates the traditions of the Hispanic community,  and helps develop the nation’s next generation of Hispanic leaders.

U.S. Army was represented  by  the U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion (Miami);  Solidary Foundation was  represented by its president, Mr. Paul Chehade; Florida Embassy LULAC Council 7220 was represented by its president, Edna E. Canino, LULAC Florida was represented by its State Director, Jose A. Fernandez. LULAC International Ambassador, Roberto E. Canino was the evening’s master of ceremonies.  Many other civic leaders  joined in recognizing  and paying tribute to soldiers of Hispanic descent for their dedication to our nation’s defense. These soldiers also represent the diverse pathways and career options available to serve through the U.S. Army.  Local Hispanic business and civic leaders were also recognized for their contributions to their respective communities.

The evening’s  keynote speaker was  Brigadier General Mr.  Hector E.  Pagan.  Gen. Pagan  said, in part "... Hispanic Heritage Month serves as a moment to pause, reflect, honor and celebrate all those great examples of leadership Latinos have given – and continue to give- our nation; a nation that is made stronger by the beautiful tapestry of cultures and ethnic groups, who have found in our soil a land of solace, tolerance, openness and opportunity. ...We are honored by your sacrifice and love for our country. We serve in an army of volunteers and I am proud of the fact that many in our community elect to serve." To see the complete speech click here.

Mr. Paul Chehade, President of Solidary Foundation and a Senior Advisor to LULAC International Embassy, said, “...  The importance  of working  together is  to maintain  our national security  and to  recognize  the United States Army’s  efforts   in its readiness to  assist the  affected population in case of disasters.  Mr. Chehade was the recipient of a LULAC Leader’s Recognition Award, for his expert advice and partnership with LULAC International Embassy,  and Florida Embassy Council 7220.

LULAC Ambassador Roberto Canino emphasized, in part,  that,  ..”It is the soldier, who salutes the flag, who serves under the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, that we pay tribute tonight, together with our Hispanic Leaders in support of our military.”  We Hispanics have always defended America with unwavering valor and honor, Canino said.   He added, “..Were it not for the brave, there would be no land of the free, therefore, it is important for our community leaders to support our military and to promote and maintain the democratic principles of this country.”

God Bless America

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