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Hispanic Heritage Month
Cleveland City Hall Rotunda
September 15, 2011

To honor the achievements of Hispanics in America, the Congress has authorized and requested the President to issue annually a proclamation designating September 15 through October 15 as "National Hispanic Heritage Month."

In the 2011 Proclamation, President Obama wrote "From those who trace their roots to America's earliest days to those who recently came to the United States carrying nothing but hope for a better life, Hispanics have always been integral to our national story. As an American family more than 300 million strong, we constitute one people, sharing sacrifice and prosperity because we know we rise and fall together. America is a richer and more vibrant country because of the contributions of Hispanics, and during National Hispanic Heritage Month, we celebrate the immeasurable impact they have made on our Nation.

Hispanics have had a profound and positive influence on our country through their strong commitment to family, faith, hard work, and service. They have enhanced and shaped our national character with centuries-old traditions that reflect the multiethnic and multicultural customs of their community. They are doctors and lawyers, activists and educators, entrepreneurs and public servants, and brave service members who defend our way of life at home and abroad."

The Cleveland celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month began with a ceremony in the Rotunda of Cleveland City Hall. Thanks to Arooj Ashraf for the following photos from the event.

Color Guard at Hispanic Heritage Month in Cleveland

Color Guard at Hispanic Heritage Month in Cleveland


Color Guard at Hispanic Heritage Month in Cleveland


National Anthem

National Anthem


Imaris Rivera, student at John Hayes High School shakes hand with Mayor Frank G. Jackson after singing the national anthem.

Imaris Rivera, student at John Hayes High School,
after singing the National Anthem.


Luis Gomez, Congressional Staff,  Congressman Dennis Kucinich

Luis Gomez, Congressional Staff, Congressman Dennis Kucinich


Lucy Santiago singing at Hispanic Heritage Day  ceremony at Cleveland City Hall on September, 15, 2011

Lucy Santiago's singing opened the
Hispanic Heritage Day ceremony


Lucy Santiago's singing opened the Hispanic Heritage Day  ceremony


Pastor Abner Garcia, of New Jerusalem Church

Pastor Abner Garcia, of New Jerusalem Church


Master of Ceremonies Eduardo Romero

Master of Ceremonies Eduardo Romero


Keynote Speaker, Commissioner Bernardo Garcia of Water Department City of Cleveland

Keynote Speaker, Commissioner Bernardo Garcia of Water Department City of Cleveland


Councilman  Brian Cummins, Lucy Torres, Hispanic Liaison to the Mayor, and City Council President Martin J Sweeney

Councilman Brian Cummins, Lucy Torres, Hispanic Liaison to the Mayor and City Council President Martin J Sweeney


Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and Community Relations Board Director Blaine Griffin

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and Community Relations Board Director Blaine Griffin


Nano Cabrera, International singer from Puerto Rico

Nano Cabrera, International singer from Puerto Rico


Director Griffin, Councilman Cummins and MC Romero

Director Griffin, Councilman Cummins and MC Romero


Norka's Kitchen prepared delightful Peruvian lunch

Norka's Kitchen prepared a Peruvian lunch


Lucy Torres, Hispanic Liason to the  Mayor with Nano Cabrera, International singer from Puerto Rico and Eduardo Romero, Master of Ceremony

Lucy Torres, Hispanic Liason to the Mayor with Nano Cabrera, International singer from Puerto Rico and Eduardo Romero, Master of Ceremony


Gabriel Reyes, Karen Butler, Director of Cleveland Department of Public Health, and Rita Wilson, Public Records Administrator of Cleveland Department of Health

Gabriel Reyes, Karen Butler, Director of Cleveland Department of Public Health, and Rita Wilson, Public Records Administrator of Cleveland Department of Health


Horizon Science Academy students with their teacher Vivian Velez. Ariel Blackshire, Kyra Walker and Christopher Zehnder

Horizon Science Academy students with their teacher Vivian Velez. Ariel Blackshire, Kyra Walker and Christopher Zehnder


Commander Harold Pretel and Councilman Brian Cummins

Commander Harold Pretel and Councilman Brian Cummins


Patty Quiñónez

Patty Quiñónez


Meenakshi Singh, Jacqueline Muhammad and Shari Clouds

Meenakshi Singh, Jacqueline Muhammad and Shari Clouds


Sarah Santiago and Juan D. Lopez

Sarah Santiago and Juan D. Lopez


Lorrie Harper and Emmanuel Gloves

Lorrie Harper and Emmanuel Gloves


Nebeska Aviles and Olga Rosado

Nebeska Aviles and Olga Rosado


Kailey Flores, Selena Figerua and Jamie Rivera

Kailey Flores, Selena Figerua and Jamie Rivera


Karen Cooney, Paula Morrison, Margreat Jackson, Ivonne Eivera Stevens

Karen Cooney, Paula Morrison, Margreat Jackson and Ivonne Eivera Stevens


Lucretia Nicholson, Eradin Berrios, Flor Gomez , and Ivonne Scranton

Lucretia Nicholson, Eradin Berrios, Flor Gomez , and Ivonne Scranton


Milagros Santiago, Ricardo Camargo and Jenny Vega Gleason

Milagros Santiago, Ricardo Camargo and Jenny Vega Gleason


Family member of Hector Luis Cuevas, Deputy Chief of Police

Family member of Hector Luis Cuevas, Deputy Chief of Police


Ilene Jarreu and Fredy Benavides of Fifth Third Bank

Ilene Jarreu and Fredy Benavides of Fifth Third Bank


Sruja Brows and Verinsce Jenllens

Sruja Brows and Verinsce Jenllens


Hispanic Heritage Month celebration

Hispanic Heritage Month celebration


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