Gov. Doug Ducey’s director of documents, Naya Carson, read and presented the Maricopa City Council a proclamation declaring Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 Hispanic Heritage Month in the state of Arizona at Tuesday’s City Council meeting.

The proclamation states that, “for more than a century, Arizona has celebrated a diverse culture and today, the Hispanic community makes up nearly one-third of the state’s population.”

The proclamation continued, saying  the Hispanic community is a dynamic part of Arizona society and possesses an entrepreneurial spirit, strong work ethic and an unwavering belief in the American dream. It has shown to be a vital contributor to our communities.

The proclamation continued, saying Hispanics have received our highest military decorations and played a significant role in the state’s academic, scientific, legal, political and artistic communities.

“Hispanic culture shapes the Arizona experience and influences our art, literature, music, food and faith by enriching our state,” the proclamation concluded.

In a public statement, Ducey said, “This Hispanic Heritage Month, we celebrate the many talents, diverse culture and vibrant spirit of our Hispanic friends and neighbors. Arizona’s rich Hispanic heritage is woven into the fabric of our state and is a driving force in making us a great place to live, work and play.

“Arizona has long been a land of limitless opportunity. The entrepreneurial spirit and strong work ethic that have shaped our state are the very same qualities that define the Hispanic community. Their countless contributions to Arizona and their unwavering belief in the American Dream are an inspiration to us all.”

Read the full proclamation here.