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The National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families & Communities and Casa de Esperanza, celebrate the 2013 Hispanic Heritage Month!

 

The observance of Hispanic Heritage Month began in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson. It was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period--September 15 through October 15.

The celebration commences on September 15 because five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, declared their independence from Spanish colonization on this day in 1821. Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and 18 respectively.

2013 Presidential Proclamation

"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."

This month, we celebrate this rich heritage and reflect on the invaluable contributions Hispanics have made to America. Read the full proclamation here.