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Posted on: November 15, 2023

Link to Town Board ceremony honoring our Puerto Rican neighbors

An inspiring ceremony featuring Girl Scouts, community leaders, entertainers and the Puerto Rican flag!

It's important for our children to understand their roots, where they came from, and the significance of their culture. The more we teach them about our history – the food, the music, the arts – the more they'll appreciate and love our island. By integrating our culture into the community, we provide our children with a better understanding of the diverse backgrounds that make up Puerto Rican society, including the integration of Indian, Spanish, and African cultures.
Why are Puerto Ricans so fond of their flag?

In 1948, the Puerto Rican legislature enacted La Ley de la Mordaza, which made it a crime to own or display the Puerto Rican flag. However, this law was later repealed on the grounds that it violated freedom of speech. This is why it's crucial to teach our children that raising our flag is a symbol of freedom and justice, and that everyone deserves to be treated with respect and equality. the Puerto Rican community that lives in Greenburgh are fortunate that Puerto Rico became a U.S. territory and its people U.S. citizens. Many Puerto Ricans have joined the U.S. military and we have fought in every major war since 1898. They  are proud of how far we have come, and they want our Greenburgh community to know that they  are still fighting to make a difference and help the Hispanic community and anyone in need. With dignity and respect, we proudly represent their  heritage so thattheir  children will teach future generations the importance of maintaining unity despite diversity.

At the last meeting of the Greenburgh Town Board we had a celebration honoring our Puerto Rican community. An indoor flag ceremony. The presentation can be viewed below:
 
 
PAUL FEINER
Greenburgh Town Supervisor

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