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Tribute to the Americas Fr. Gustavo Falla, Administrator of St. Augustine Cathedral Parish To lead prayer at Parade of Flags Ceremony
| October 14, 2011
Posted in Local News


The Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrated from mid-September thru mid-October provides an opportunity for the U.S. Hispanic community to celebrate its roots, history and collective heritage. The Bridgeport Hispanic Heritage Committee pays Tribute to the Americas with a flag ceremony on Monday, October 17 at 6:30 p.m. at City Council Chambers, 45 Lyon Terrace, Bridgeport, CT.
Click to read Proclomation of Bridgeport Mayor

Click to read the Spanish version

This ceremony celebrates notable Hispanics from the past and present who have distinguished themselves through service, personal achievement and success. Their stories draw from the strength of our heritage in search for a way of life that exemplifies this year’s theme:  Renewing the American Dream.”

•    The Hispanic Heritage Committee-Tribute to the Americas posthumously salutes two pioneers: Juan “Popo” Vargas and Felisa “Bibi” Roman whose leadership helped increase awareness of our roots while courageously advocating equal opportunity and equity for the burgeoning Hispanic population during the 1950s and1960s.

•    The Hispanic Heritage Committee-Tribute to the Americas salutes Lieutenant Rebecca Garcia from the Bridgeport Police Department whose career typifies a standard of excellence and achievement that positions her for higher leadership roles.

•    The Hispanic Heritage Committee-Tribute to the Americas salutes Javier Colón the 2011 winner of the inaugural season of the television show on NBC, “The Voice” highlighting that our growing numbers are a positive economic, social and cultural factor.                                                                   

During the opening ceremony the Bridgeport Police Department honor guard will display the colors, with the presentation of the Latin American Flags with members of the Bridgeport Fire Department, followed by a performance by Eliane Kauck accompanied by Eddie Rivera and a historical account by Jessica Galan-Guzman, a history teacher at Brien McMahon High School. Mayor Bill Finch and City Council members will present a proclamation celebrating the varied cultures and traditions of Hispanics that are woven into the fabric of the City of Bridgeport.  
Join this event and celebrate the past and present of the Hispanic community that is changing the face of this country and forging a new future for all.