Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick

Whereas Hispanic Americans continue to be a vital part of the Commonwealth's rich diversity by contributing significantly to all aspects of daily life, including education, medicine, commerce, agriculture, public service, technology, and the arts; and

Whereas Hispanic Americans make up nearly nine percent of the Massachusetts population; and

Whereas Hispanic Americans trace their heritage to a diverse group of nations and the close cultural, social, and economic ties between these countries and the Commonwealth promise to expand and strengthen as we continue through the 21st century; and

Whereas The nations of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico, and Chile celebrate their independence between the dates of September 15 and September 18; and

Whereas It is appropriate that all residents recognize Hispanic Americans for their many contributions to the cities and towns across our Commonwealth,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick , Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim September 15 - October 15, 2011, to be

HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH

And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, fourteenth day of September, in the year two thousand and eleven, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-fifth.

By His Excellency

Deval L. Patrick
Governor of the Commonwealth

William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts