September 15-October 15, 2016: Hispanic Heritage Month

WHEREAS, the Spanish-speaking population has brought to our nation the gifts of law, religion, agriculture, art, music, education, technology,  architecture, cuisine, theatre, and exploration; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan is fortunate to count among its population a large concentration of residents of Spanish and Latin American descent, who greatly contribute to Michigan's economy and daily life; and,

WHEREAS, during this month, Michigan's Hispanic­ American community will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month through a series of special events featuring Hispanic history, food, dance, and art celebrating the rich tradition and many contributions made to the state of Michigan;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim September 15-October 15, 2016 as Hispanic Heritage Month in Michigan.