Hispanic and Latino Heritage Month 2015


WHEREAS, Virginia has the 16th largest Hispanic and Latino population in the country with 710,394 Virginians of Hispanic or Latino descent, and is proud to be home to a diverse Hispanic and Latino community that contributes greatly to the social, cultural, economic, and political strength of the Commonwealth; and

WHEREAS, the Hispanic and Latino community in Virginia is one of the most rapidly-growing groups in the Commonwealth and according to the U.S. Census, as of 2013, comprising approximately 8.6% of Virginia’s population; and

WHEREAS, Hispanic and Latino business leaders are driving significant job growth in the Commonwealth, and 4.5% of businesses  in Virginia are owned by Hispanic and Latino Virginians, representing more than 28,700 businesses that employ tens of thousands of people; and

WHEREAS, Hispanic and Latino Virginians are leaders in business, government, military service,  education, healthcare, science and technology, arts and entertainment, and many other areas that are critical to building a stronger and more sustainable Commonwealth for future generations; and

WHEREAS, we join with the rest of the country in celebrating the 47th National Hispanic and Latino Heritage Month, and commemorate the essential contributions, sacrifices, and accomplishments that Hispanics and Latinos have made to the United States throughout our nation’s history; and

WHEREAS, as we build a Commonwealth that is open and welcoming to all, I encourage Virginians to participate in the celebrations of Hispanic and Latino heritage in communities across Virginia this month;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize September 15 – October 15, 2015, as HISPANIC AND LATINO HERITAGE MONTH in the COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all citizens.