Bennet: Colorado's Latino Community a Vibrant, Essential Part of the Fabric of Our State

Washington, DC – Michael Bennet, U.S. Senator for Colorado, made the following statement on the start of Hispanic Heritage Month. Bennet is cosponsoring a Senate Resolution to recognize and celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15, 2010, through October 15, 2010.

“Colorado’s Latino community has always been a vibrant and essential part of the fabric of our state and country. As superintendent of the Denver Public Schools and in my short time in the Senate, I’ve worked closely with Latino students, families and local leaders who work hard every day to support their communities and to help move Colorado forward, driven by the values of hard work, faith and family – values that all Coloradans and Americans share.  Latinos have served in every war the United States has been involved in, and we honor the sacrifices they have made in defense of our country. 

“All Coloradans can take great pride in the state’s Latino heritage and celebrate—not just this month, but every month—the contributions and accomplishments of the many Latinos who have helped make Colorado a better place to work, live and raise a family.”

Hispanic Heritage Month was enacted into law in 1988.  This 30-day period includes the anniversaries of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico and Chile.  This year’s theme celebrates the strength and hard work of Hispanic Americans.