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Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month at DOJ

September 23, 2009

The Department of Justice celebrated National Hispanic Heritage Month today. The Attorney General was joined by Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, for the event.

Attorney General Eric Holder:

We gather here at a moment of great promise for our nation. Two weeks ago, Justice Sonia Sotomayor became the first Latina to take the bench as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. Her appointment serves as an important milestone on the remarkable path of progress our country has made since President Lyndon Johnson signed a proclamation creating Nation Hispanic Heritage Week forty-one years ago. It reminds us that what matters is not your family's name, but whether you are willing to work hard to make a name for yourself. And it reminds us that what matters is not where you come from, but where you are determined to go.

To see more pictures from the event, check out the Department of Justice Photo Gallery.

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