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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Friday evening celebration kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month

Flag-raising Ceremony kicks off Plainfield observance
of Hispanic Heritage Month.

For more than twenty years, Plainfield residents have joined with their Hispanic friends and neighbors in the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15 to October 15.

This year's celebration will take place at City Hall Plaza at 6:00 PM on Friday (Sept. 15) with a flag-raising ceremony recognizing the seven countries which celebrate their independence in September -- Mexico. Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama.
Though these countries are highlighted for their September independence dates, the month celebrates Latino culture, history and contributions throughout the hemisphere.

Council President Rebecca Williams said, "We are very excited about this year's flag raising event. Flor Gonzalez, Chairwoman of the Plainfield Advisory Commission on Hispanic Affairs (PACHA), has worked with the rest of the commissioners to create a wonderful evening of celebration."

"During these tumultuous times, Williams continued, "it is important that Plainfield, as a welcoming city, stands with our Latino residents to honor their contributions to our city and our country. As the Plainfield City Council liaison to PACHA, it remains my honor and privilege to work with my fellow commissioners."

Plainfield City Hall is located at Watchung Avenue and East 6th Street. Parking is available in the parking lot at the rear of the building.

The ceremony will be followed by a reception and entertainment in City Hall Library.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]
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