National Hispanic Heritage Month
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The rich ethnic heritage of Hispanic Americans gives us cause to celebrate because it is a proud and colorful portion of our Nation's heritage. Hispanic Americans have reaffirmed our belief in the principles of liberty and democratic government, and they have helped to share that vision with our neighbors in Central and South America and the Caribbean. This month, as we recognize the many achievements of Hispanic Americans, we also recall the universal appeal of the American ideal of freedom and opportunity for all.
Now, Therefore, I, George Bush, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim the month beginning September 15, 1989, and ending October 15, 1989, as National Hispanic Heritage Month. I call upon the people of the United States to observe this month with appropriate ceremonies and activities, and I urge them to reaffirm their devotion to the principles of freedom and individual dignity -- the common heritage of all Americans.
National Hispanic Heritage Month, 2007A Proclamation By the President of the United States of America White House News En Español Hispanic Americans have strengthened our country and contributed to thespirit of America. National Hispanic Heritage Month is an opportunity tohonor these contributions and celebrate the rich cultural traditions of ourHispanic-American community.Hispanic Americans have helped establish America as a place of freedom andopportunity, and their contributions have illustrated what is best aboutour great Nation. Their hard work, love of country, and deep commitment tofaith and family have shaped the character of our country and helpedpreserve the values we all cherish. By sharing their vibrant culture andheritage, Hispanic Americans have also enriched the American experience andhelped define the unique fabric of our Nation.Americans of Hispanic heritage have carried on a proud tradition of serviceto our Nation.In times of great consequence, they have answered the callto defend America as members of our Armed Forces. These brave men andwomen bring honor to America, and we are grateful for their service andsacrifice. In our towns and communities, Hispanic Americans have alsoshown the good heart of our Nation by volunteering to help their fellowAmericans. Their kindness and compassion have made a difference in thelives of others and have made our country a more hopeful place for all.During National Hispanic Heritage Month, we celebrate the diversity thatmakes America stronger, and we recognize the many ways Hispanic Americanshave enriched our Nation. To honor the achievements of Hispanic Americans, the Congress, by Public Law100 402, as amended, has authorized and requested the President to issueannually a proclamation designating September 15 through October 15 as\"National Hispanic Heritage Month.\"NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States ofAmerica, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution andthe laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim September 15 through October 15, 2007, as National HispanicHeritage Month. I call upon public officials, educators, librarians, andall the people of the United States to observe this month with appropriateceremonies, activities, and programs.IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twelfth day ofSeptember, in the year of our Lord two thousand seven, and of theIndependence of the United States of America the two hundred andthirty-second.GEORGE W. BUSH# # #
The Law Library of Congress has prepared material with commentary and recommended resources for selected national observances and commemorative months. This guide provides a brief history of the laws and presidential proclamations which established National Hispanic Heritage Month.
In your opinion, how do we make our Hispanic heritage part of our daily lives and not just confine it to a date or month every year By practicing our traditions on holidays throughout the year and also educating non-Hispanics to be part of it. During Christmas we do the novenas (posadas) and we invite everyone to be part of it and learn. Also, to embrace the Spanish language and not shy away or apologize for speaking it. Educating ourselves by reading books, watching movies and attending events that celebrate the Latino and Hispanic culture; especially things created by Hispanic people throughout the year. 59ce067264