The following was submitted for publication by the office of Congresswoman Linda Sanchez, who represents both Cerritos and Artesia in the state's 38th District:
Today, Congresswoman Linda Sánchez released a video greeting and the following statement to commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month, which began this week and runs through October 15th.
“The Latino community has made a hugely important impact in our country’s history and culture. Hispanic Heritage Month is a great time to celebrate and recognize these contributions and the ways Latinos continue to help our nation thrive."
“Recognizing that Latinos face unique challenges as the fastest growing minority group in the country, it is crucial that Congress works to meet the needs of the Latino community. As a Member of Congress, I will continue to support access to quality and affordable healthcare, comprehensive immigration reform, and college tuition assistance.
“I hope that Americans will join me this month in celebrating the valuable contributions that Latinos have made to America’s history and heritage.”
The observation 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 starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.
The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.