[United States Statutes at Large, Volume 124, 111th Congress, 2nd Session]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office, www.gpo.gov]

PROCLAMATION 8561--SEPT. 15, 2010

Proclamation 8561 of September 15, 2010
National Hispanic Heritage Month, 2010
By the President of the United States of America
A Proclamation

From the early settlers of the New World to those reaching for the
American dream today, Hispanics have shaped and strengthened our
country. During National Hispanic Heritage Month, we pause to celebrate
the immeasurable contributions these individuals have made to our
Nation--from its inception to its latest chapters.
Reflecting the remarkable diversity of the American people, Hispanics
represent a wide range of nationalities and backgrounds. Like so many
Americans, Hispanics have overcome great obstacles to persevere and
flourish in every sector of our society. With enduring values of faith
and family, hard work and sacrifice, Hispanics have preserved the rich
heritage of generations past while contributing mightily to the promise
of our Nation for their children and grandchildren.
Hispanics are leaders in all aspects of our national life, from the
Supreme Court and halls of Congress to boardrooms and Main Streets.
Across America, Hispanics protect neighborhoods as police officers and
first responders, guide young people as teachers and mentors, and boost
economic growth as business owners and operators. As members of the
Armed Forces, heroic Hispanic men and women have also fought and died to
defend the liberties and security of the United States in every war
since the American Revolution, many serving before becoming American
This month, we honor Hispanics for enriching the fabric of America, even
as we recognize and rededicate ourselves to addressing the challenges to
equality and opportunity that many Hispanics still face. In reflecting
on our Nation's rich Hispanic heritage, let us take pride in our unique
and vibrant history, and recommit to a shared future of freedom,
prosperity, and opportunity for all.
To mark the achievements of Hispanics in the United States, the
Congress, by Public Law 100-402, as amended, has authorized and
requested the President to issue annually a proclamation designating
September 15 through October 15 as ``National Hispanic Heritage Month.''
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of
America, do hereby proclaim September 15 through October 15, 2010, as
National Hispanic Heritage Month. I call upon public officials,
educators, librarians, and all the people of the United States to
observe this month with appropriate ceremonies, activities, and
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fifteenth day of
September, in the year of our Lord two thousand ten, and of the
Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-