Hispanic culture celebrated

National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations kicked off locally on Thursday with an event in downtown Youngstown.

Youngstown State University’s Hispanic Heritage Planning Committee started the festivities off at the Mahoning County Courthouse Rotunda with a flag ceremony representing 22 Hispanic countries.

The event also included several speakers. This year’s theme is Latino Stars Shining Under One Sky. Organizers say the nationally observed event is not only important for Hispanics but for the entire country.

“Hispanics have made important contributions to our local community and this country. Not only do we celebrate their importance, their contributions, but we’re here to learn about other cultures,” said Ana Bobby, YSU Hispanic Heritage Planning Committee.

Hispanic Heritage Month runs from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15. A series of events will take place on YSU’s campus and throughout the community celebrating the Hispanic culture.

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