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Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month September 15 - October 15

 

Why do we celebrate?

Each year from September 15 to October 15 Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month and the rich histories, cultures, and contributions of ancestry from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The observation began under President Lyndon Johnson in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week. President Ronald Reagan extended the period in 1988 to cover 30 days starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

September 15 is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.

The Society of Hispanic Veterans proudly celebrates the beauty and depth of Hispanic culture and salutes each of our veterans, their spouses, and dependents.

 

(Source: hispanicheritagemonth.gov)

 

 

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