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Posted on: November 24, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Puerto Rican Day Proclamation


WHEREAS, Christopher Columbus arrived in Puerto Rico on November 19, 1493; and

WHEREAS, Puerto Rico was colonized by Juan Ponce De Leon and his crew from Spain in 1508; and

WHEREAS, Puerto Rico became a possession of the United States of America as a result of the Spanish American War in 1898; and

WHEREAS, Puerto Ricans became citizens of the United States of America in 1917; and

WHEREAS, Puerto Rico has participated in the defense of the United States in World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Bosnia, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, Gulf War, and Iraq; and

WHEREAS, Puerto Rico became the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico in 1952; and

WHEREAS, The residents of the island of Puerto Rico have contributed much to the rich history of the United States;

NOW, THEREFORE, we, the Select Board of Amherst, officially proclaim November 20, 2015 as Puerto Rican Day.

Voted the sixteenth day of November, 2015

Amherst Select Board

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