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WASHINGTON, D.C. – In observance of National Hispanic Heritage Month, which takes place September 15 to October 15, Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-34) gave the following speech on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. The text is below.
“Mr. Speaker, September is the month in which we celebrate the many contributions Latinos have made, and continue to make, to our great country.
Hispanic Americans are our teachers, religious leaders, doctors, lawyers, health care providers, astronauts, scientists, small business owners and entrepreneurs.
They are local and national officials providing leadership in the face of unprecedented challenges both at home and abroad. But perhaps our greatest pride comes from our impressive record of service to this country.
When grave threats imperil America’s freedom, Latinos answer the call. This is highlighted by the fact that Latino servicemen and women have earned more medals and commendations per combatant than any other ethnic group.
As we celebrate the contributions Latinos make to our country, let us not forget our future.
The stories of our nation’s Latino trailblazers serve as an inspiration to young Latinos, but like all American children, they must have the opportunity to develop their talents and reach their full potential to keep our country great.
I look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure all America’s children are prepared to lead. Only then can America realize its promise in the 21st century.”
Published: October 06, 2011 – Volume 10 – Issue 25