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Oct 07 2011

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A Better Life: Nicaraguan native recalls family’s struggle to survive

Graciela de Jesus Cruz and Cezar Rodriguez are shown at Isla Blanca Park in 1989. (Courtesy Photo)Sarahi and Sergio Lopez stand where her parents are shown (left) on the Island over 20 years ago. (Photo by Lauren N. Laughlin)

By LAUREN N. LAUGHLIN
Special to the PRESS

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 by celebrating the history, culture and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period. It was enacted into law on Aug. 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

The day of Sept. 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their Independence Days on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is Oct. 12, falls within this 30 day period.

To see this story in print, pick up a copy of the Oct. 3 edition of the Port Isabel South Padre Press or check out our E-edition by clicking here.

 

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