IOWA — Governor Kim Reynolds has issued a proclamation declaring Sept. 15 through Oct. 15, 2019, as Latino and Hispanic Heritage Month. The text of the proclamation reads:

PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS, Latinos and Hispanics have enriched Iowa communities since the late 1800s and play a vital role in Iowa’s economy and workforce with cultural, educational, and political

influences. This can be seen and appreciated in all aspects of life; and

WHEREAS, Iowans of Latino and Hispanic origin make up six percent of the state’s populations, making it the largest race or ethnic minoritized group in the state; and

WHEREAS, Latinos are individuals that are from or are descendants from Latin America and may speak Creole, Dutch, English, Italian, Spanish, Patois, Portuguese, French, and many regional Indigenous languages such as Quechua, Aymara, Guarani, Mayan, Nahuatl and more; and

WHEREAS, Hispanics are individuals that speak Spanish and are descendants from Spanish speaking countries, including Spain; and

WHEREAS, Latino and Hispanic Heritage Month is an opportunity to celebrate the vibrant traditions of people whose ancestry can be traced to the Caribbean Islands, Central America, Mexico, South America for Latinos, and Spain; and

WHEREAS, in keeping with the 2019 national theme, “Latino and Hispanic Americans: A History of Serving Our Nation”, we celebrate more than 5,000 years of history and heritage of Latino and Hispanic Americans.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Kim Reynolds, Governor of the State of Iowa, do hereby proclaim September 15 to October 15, 2019, as Latino and Hispanic Heritage Month in Iowa and urge citizens to observe this month by increasing their awareness of the valuable ways Latinos and Hispanics have contributed to our state’s prosperity.

This news release was sent to the Herald.

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