Monday, June 14, 2004

Variety show with Gloria Estefan will honor Hispanic military personnel

"The television special is scheduled to air in September. Estefan will be joined by other acts in the variety show, but those performers have not yet been confirmed."

"Navy officials said a foreign-born sailor will also go through a naturalization ceremony to become an American citizen – part of the show’s effort to showcase the Hispanic experience in the armed services, officials said."

"About 10 percent of sailors are Hispanic and that number has increased slightly over the last four years, according to the latest Navy figures. The 2000 Census reported that 12.5 percent of the American population identified itself as Hispanic." Online

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