By Angela Barbosa
Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of U.S. citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.
A little historical background: The roots of Hispanic Heritage Month go back to 1968 under President Lyndon Johnson. It 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, through the approval of Public Law 100-402.
In Waterbury, CT, the profound and positive influence Hispanics have had on our country through their strong commitment to family, faith, hard work and service was celebrated throughout the city with Mayor Neil M. O’Leary’s Administrative Aide, Geraldo Reyes Jr., visiting many local schools.
Mayor’s Administrative Aide, Geraldo Reyes Jr., visiting many local schools during Hispanic Heritage Month.