Hispanic Heritage Month Proclamation
WHEREAS, Between September 15 and October 15 each year, Hispanic Heritage Month is observed by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America; and
WHEREAS, This tradition started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988; and
WHEREAS, Hispanic Heritage Month begins in the middle of September instead of at the start of the month because it coincides with national independence days in several Latin countries: Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica celebrate their independence day on September 15th, followed by Mexico on the 16th, Chile on the 18th, and Belize on the 21st; and
WHEREAS, America has always drawn its strength from the contributions of a diverse people. People of Hispanic backgrounds are advancing our economy, improving our communities, and bettering our country. During Hispanic Heritage Month, let us renew our commitment to ensuring ours remains a society where the talents and potential of all its members can be fully realized; and to honoring the achievements of Hispanic Americans in Upper Darby and across the United States.
NOW, THEREFORE I, Barbarann Keffer, Mayor of Upper Darby Township, along with Township Council, do hereby proclaim September 15 through October 15, 2021, as
in Upper Darby and encourage the entire community to recognize and participate in its observance.
Barbarann Keffer, Mayor
Upper Darby Township
Delaware County, Pennsylvania