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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month


AARP Wisconsin celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 - October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson. It was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover 30 days, beginning 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.

September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of the independence of Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day, or Día de la Raza, October 12, falls within these 30 days. (Source: Hispanic Heritage Month. gov)

This year, AARP Wisconsin is honoring Hispanic Heritage Month by highlighting Hispanic-led, Wisconsin based organizations that are working to benefit their communities. Keep an eye on social media and this space for more information on these organizations!

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