September 24, 2022

LatinX Heritage Month Flag Raising – PHOTOS

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Salem and North Shore Residents joined The City of Salem and the Latino Leadership Coalition of Salem for the annual Flag Raising celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month! Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed a guided tour of the Urban Art Museum.

About Hispanic, Afro-Latino/a/e/x Heritage Month

Source: Salem State University

The observation originally 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 starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

The day of September 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 September 16 and September18, respectively. Also, Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.

Four young latina woman smile for the camera during the Latinx heritage flag raising in Salem The assembled speakers for the Latinx Pride Flag Raising in Salem A woman stands behind the podium to speak during the Latinx heritage month flag raising Mayor Kim Driscoll speaks behind the podium during the Latinx heritage month flag raising A Latina woman holds the rope holding a flag during the Latinx heritage month flag raising

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