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City Proclaims Heritage Month
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Riverbank City Council members issued a proclamation recognizing National Hispanic Heritage Month at its Monday meeting.

Vice Mayor Dave White read the proclamation and presented it to Dale Butler, president of the Hispanic Leadership Council.

In recognition of the many contributions made by Hispanics throughout the United States, Congress has authorized the U.S. President to issue annually a proclamation designating Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 as National Hispanic Heritage Month. Riverbank is proud to do the same, read the staff report.

"We recognize the many Americans of Hispanic descent who have made outstanding contributions to our nation," the Riverbank proclamation read. "The diverse backgrounds of Hispanic Americans and their dedication to family have become an integral part of America and with a deep commitment to faith and a strong desire to live the American dream, these citizens are realizing the full blessing of liberty.

"Educational opportunities are helping a new generation work toward success and many Hispanic Americans operate thriving small and large businesses," the proclamation continued.

"Many Hispanic Americans have become proud service men and women and have shown their love of the U.S. by answering the call to serve and we owe them and their families a tremendous debt of gratitude."