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Families learn about Hispanic culture in Elgin

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Army veteran Andrew Balafas, left, salutes Navy veteran Rupert Siete of Elgin after presenting him with a certificate of appreciation for his military service and giving him an American flag pin at the veterans ceremony kicking off the Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration at Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin.

Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

Army veteran John Higareda of Elgin has an American flag pinned on his lapel by fellow Army veteran Andrew Balafas during the ceremony honoring veterans at the start of the Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration at Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin on Saturday.

Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

Navi Gonzalez of Elgin, left, talks to about her Venezuelan heritage to Gloria Melchor and her daughter, Litzy, 8, also of Elgin, at the Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration at Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin on Saturday.

Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

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With "passports" in hand, local children and their families visited tables about Venezuela, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and other Latin countries Saturday at Gail Borden Public Library's fourth annual Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration. "I like this (event) because I can share my culture," said Navi Gonzalez, who came to the United States in 2000 from Caracas, Venezuela.
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    • Army veteran Andrew Balafas, left, salutes Navy veteran Rupert Siete of Elgin after presenting him with a certificate of appreciation for his military service and giving him an American flag pin at the veterans ceremony kicking off the Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration at Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin.
    • Army veteran John Higareda of Elgin has an American flag pinned on his lapel by fellow Army veteran Andrew Balafas during the ceremony honoring veterans at the start of the Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration at Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin on Saturday.
    • Navi Gonzalez of Elgin, left, talks to about her Venezuelan heritage to Gloria Melchor and her daughter, Litzy, 8, also of Elgin, at the Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration at Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin on Saturday.
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