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SOURCE Pennsylvania Governor's Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs
HARRISBURG, Pa., Sept. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Tom Corbett has proclaimed Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 Hispanic Heritage Month in Pennsylvania to commend the many contributions of Latino-Hispanics in the commonwealth.
"I am happy to join the Latino-Hispanic community of Pennsylvania in celebrating their contributions, successes and vitality brought to our commonwealth," Corbett said. "I thank you for choosing Pennsylvania to be your home and thank you for your leadership and hard work in making Pennsylvania stronger."
Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the rich and diverse culture of the state's fastest growing minority group, which represents approximately 9 percent or just over 810,000 of Pennsylvania's population. Since 1990, the Latino-Hispanic community has grown 268 percent in Pennsylvania.
"Hispanic Heritage Month in Pennsylvania is an exciting time of year for our Latino-Hispanic community because we, as a cultural family, are commemorating our independence that our ancestors fought so valiantly for throughout Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America," Maria Montero, executive director of Governor's Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs (GACLA) said. "We bring those roots of independence, hard work and family to Pennsylvania to grow a vibrant community."
GACLA is co-hosting several events in the commonwealth to commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month including:
"GACLA commissioners, along with local, state, and federal partnerships have been amazing in helping to bring enriching events to strengthen our community. I am thankful for their help and the governor's support in bringing a fantastic Hispanic Heritage Month to Pennsylvania," Montero said.
Visit www.pa.gov/gacla to learn more about the events across Pennsylvania celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month.
Media contact: Maria Montero, 717-787-5825
Editor's Note: The text of the governor's proclamation follows:
HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH
September 15- October 15, 2013
WHEREAS, Pennsylvania embraces the 2013 National Hispanic Heritage Month theme "Hispanics: Serving and Leading Our Nation with Pride and Honor;" and
WHEREAS, the Latino-Hispanic American community's values - deep and abiding faith, love for family and strong work ethic - are America's values, and the contributions from this community have helped make our county great; and
WHEREAS, Latino-Hispanics bring together the rich traditions of communities with centuries-old roots in America. Their diverse and vibrant culture includes elements originating in Spain, North America, Central America, South America and the Caribbean; and
WHEREAS, Latino-Hispanics are the largest ethnic minority group in the country, the fastest growing minority community in the Commonwealth and make valuable contributions to the Commonwealth through business and industry, government, education, the sciences, arts and faith; and
WHEREAS, Latino-Hispanics have served with honor and distinction in many conflicts since the Revolutionary War and have made enormous contributions to our diverse society by sharing their talents, attributes and deep connection to their family values, culture and tradition.
THEREFORE, I, Tom Corbett, Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, do hereby proclaim September 15 – October 15, 2013 as HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH in Pennsylvania. I join with all Americans in celebrating the many achievements of Latino-Hispanic Americans and recognizing their contributions to our nation.
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