BOSTON — Local Latino state representatives were in Boston Wednesday to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.
State Rep. Jose Tosado (D-Springfield), State Rep. Carlos Gonzalez (D-Springfield) and State Rep.Aaron Vega (D-Holyoke) joined others from across the state to sign a resolution recognizing September 15 to October 15 as Hispanic Heritage Month in Massachusetts. The resolution was proposed by Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez (D-Jamaica Plain).
“Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to honor the histories, cultures, and achievements of those from Hispanic cultures across the world,” said Sanchez in a prepared statement.”Latinos have made many significant contributions to the Commonwealth and continue to shape the changing face of Massachusetts.”
Tosado, whose family opened the first Latino restaurant in Springfield, spoke at the event.
“Growing up as one of the first Latino families in Springfield, I am honored to join the Massachusetts House to recognize the contributions of our forebearers here at home, as well as similar stories across the entire Commonwealth,” he said.
Organizations honored during the celebration included the Mayor’s Office of New Bostonians, Sociedad Latina, La Alianza Hispana, the Mexican Consulate, the Massachusetts Health Connector, the Gaston Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy, among others.