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Annual Celebration Commemorates Contributions, Heritage of Hispanic-Americans

(TRENTON) — Assembly Democrats Thursday issued a multimedia package commemorating the New Jersey General Assembly’s annual celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month – recognizing New Jersey’s strong Hispanic-American heritage and the contributions of Hispanic-Americans to the betterment and advancement of the state.

This year’s celebration honored the only Hispanic-segregated unit in United States military history — the Borinqueneers — and one of its last living members, New Jersey resident Sabino Del Valle. The 65th Infantry Regiment, created in 1899 as the only Hispanic-segregated unit in United States military history, was mandated by Congress to be comprised primarily of Puerto Ricans. The regiment became better known as the Borinqueneers from the word Borinquen, the name by which the native Taino Indians called Puerto Rico.

The multimedia package consists of a video of the ceremony and audio of same.

The video can be accessed directly via our Web site — — or by clicking here.

The audio file is available upon request.