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September 15 - October 15
is National Hispanic Heritage Month


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This month has been designated to celebrate the rich heritage and cultural diversity that Hispanic Americans have contributed to our country. According to the National Council of Hispanic Employment Program Managers, this year's theme is “Hispanics: A Legacy of History, a Present of Action, and a Future of Success.”

This observance 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 — Sept. 15 through Oct. 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 Sept. 16 and Sept. 18, respectively.