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Hispanic Heritage Month 2013

“Hispanics: Serving and Leading Our Nation with Pride and Honor”

Hispanic Heritage Month
September 15 - October 15
The Pennsylvania State University

Serving and leading has been the highlight of many Hispanics during the last many decades in the United States. Hispanic Heritage Month that begins on September 15 and runs through October 15, is a time to honor and celebrate the historic background, culture, heritage, and many influences of the Hispanic community throughout the years.

In September 1968, Congress authorized President Lyndon B. Johnson to proclaim National Hispanic Heritage Week, observed during the week that included September 15 and 16. The observance was expanded in 1989 by Congress to a month long celebration (September 15 - October 15). America celebrates the culture and traditions of those who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico, and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America, and the Caribbean.

September 15 was chosen as the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and 18, respectively. (Courtesy of U.S. Census Bureau).

*Reference from United States Census Bureau