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National Hispanic Heritage Month originated in 1968 as a way to celebrate Hispanic Americans and their culture which is contribued to American society. The decision to celebrate in September is a result of five Central American countries celebrating their independence at that time. Every year the President issues a Proclamation to designate the time of September as National Hispanic Heritage Month. On September 14th, 1995, President Clinton issued Proclamation 6823 honoring National Hispanic Heritage Month.