President Bush has proclaimed September
15-October 15 as National Hispanic Heritage Month, and he
noted the positive impact of Hispanic Americans on every
part of U.S. society.
Following is the text of the president's
September 16 proclamation:
For additional information, see Celebrating
Hispanic Heritage Month and The
National Register of Historic Places.
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
September 16, 2005
NATIONAL HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH, 2005
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF
Throughout our history, America has been
a land of diversity and has benefitted from the contributions
of people of different backgrounds brought together by a
love of liberty. During National Hispanic Heritage Month,
we celebrate the achievements of Hispanic Americans and
the significant role they have played in making our Nation
strong, prosperous, and free.
The contributions of Hispanic Americans
have made a positive impact on every part of our society.
Americans of Hispanic descent are astronauts and athletes,
doctors and teachers, lawyers and scientists. The vibrancy
of our Nation's Hispanic performers enriches music, dancing,
and the arts. Hispanic Americans serve at every level of
government, including as Attorney General of the United
States and Secretary of Commerce. Latino entrepreneurs are
starting and growing businesses all across America, creating
jobs and opportunities. The hard work and determination
of Hispanic Americans continue to inspire all those who
dream of a better life for themselves and their families.
Our Nation's Hispanic community has contributed
to the advance of freedom abroad and to the defense of freedom
at home. In every generation, Hispanic Americans have served
valiantly in the United States military. Today there are
more than 200,000 Hispanic Americans serving in the Armed
Forces, and our Nation is grateful for their courage and
sacrifice. In addition, thousands of Hispanic Americans
are helping to defend and protect our homeland by serving
as police officers and firefighters. All Americans are thankful
for their daily work in helping to keep our Nation safe.
During National Hispanic Heritage Month,
we join together to recognize the proud history and rich
culture of Hispanic Americans. To honor the achievements
of Hispanic Americans, the Congress, by Public Law 100-402,
as amended, has authorized and requested the President to
issue annually a proclamation designating September 15 through
October 15 as "National Hispanic Heritage Month."
NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President
of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim September
15 through October 15, 2005, as National Hispanic Heritage
Month. I call upon public officials, educators, librarians,
and all the people of the United States to observe this
month with appropriate ceremonies, activities, and programs.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set
my hand this sixteenth day of September, in the year of
our Lord two thousand five, and of the Independence of the
United States of America the two hundred and thirtieth.
GEORGE W. BUSH