September 15, 2005

Hispanic Heritage Month Honored By Senate

Crapo co-sponsors resolution honoring cultural contributions

Washington, DC â?? Today marks the start of Hispanic Heritage Month, which was recognized through a Senate resolution co-sponsored by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. The resolution, which passed the U.S. Senate by unanimous consent this morning, honors and celebrates the vast contributions of Hispanic Americans to the strength and culture of the United States. The month begins today, September 15th, and ends on October 15th. September 15th marks the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countriesâ??Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua; Mexico declared its independence on September 16, and Chile on September 18. â??Hispanic Americans are a vital component in the diverse melting pot of our country,â?? Crapo said. â??Idahoâ??s Hispanic heritage is rich and long. In recent years, I worked hand in hand with local Hispanic leaders to secure funding for the Hispanic Cultural Center in Idaho, to bring financial literacy training to the Hispanic community, and to work with Hispanic youth to help them achieve educational success. Idaho Hispanics contribute to our culture, our economy, and we are enriched by their presence in our communities. â??The resolution comes just before Fiesta Idaho, a statewide Hispanic celebration, which will take place this weekend.