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Posted on: November 9, 2011

[ARCHIVED] Select Board Sign Puerto Rican Day Proclamation

Amherst Select Board proclaimed November 18, 2011 as Puerto Rican Day. 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 particpated 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, the Select Board of Amherst, officially proclaim November 18, 2011 as Puerto Rican Day. Voted the Seventh day of November, 2011.

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