Message on the
Observance of National Hispanic Heritage Week
August 31, 1988
am pleased to send warm greetings and congratulations to the Hispanic American
community as you celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Week, September
11 - 17, 1988.
of the greatest strengths of our Nation is the rich cultural diversity of our
people. Since the discovery of America, Hispanics have been a
vibrant part of that diversity. They were among the first settlers of the New World, arriving long before
the United States achieved independence.
From Florida to California, Hispanics have left an
indelible mark on our land, helping to forge one of the greatest nations on
earth. As we look forward to the turn of the century, it is clear that
Americans of Hispanic descent will have an even greater role in achieving our
national destiny. That is good news, because the values which Hispanics have
always cherished -- faith, love of family, and pride in country -- are the very
values that built our Nation and that will keep it strong and free.
the week beginning September 11, 1988, our country will
celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Week and will recognize the important role
Hispanic Americans play in our national life. Nancy and I are very happy to
join with all our fellow citizens in honoring the achievements of Hispanic
Americans, and we send you our best wishes for every success and happiness. God
bless you, and God bless America!