Hispanic American Heritage Month 2014
During Hispanic American Heritage Month, Americans celebrate the history, culture and the profound contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. This observation, which runs from September 15 - October 15, was chosen because of several key events in this time period in history. September 15 significant as Independence Day for many Latin American countries, to include Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico and Chile celebrate their Independence Days on September 16 and September 18, and as a nation, we celebrate Columbus Day on October 12.
The observation began in 1968 during President Lyndon B. Johnson’s term as a week of recognition. President Ronald Reagan expanded the observation to a month encompassing the 30 day period we now recognize the contributions of Hispanic Americans. The law was enacted on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402, and each year the president issues a proclamation commemorating the observation.
Hispanics have exerted a profound influence on our country through their strong commitment to family, faith, hard work, and public service. They have enhanced and shaped our national character with centuries-old traditions that reflect their multiethnic and multicultural customs. And they proudly serve.
“From the earliest days of our Republic, Hispanic Americans have written crucial chapters in our national story. Hispanics have honorably defended our country in war and built prosperity during times of peace. They run successful businesses, teach our next generation of leaders, and pioneer scientific and technological breakthroughs. This month, America acknowledges these vital contributions and celebrates our Hispanic heritage.”
— President Barack Obama
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