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US President Declares June National Caribbean-American Heritage Month

US President, Donald J. Trump. Official White House photo by Shealah Craighead.

US President Declares June National Caribbean-American Heritage Month

WASHINGTON, DC June 1, 2020 (CMC) – United States President, Donald J. Trump, has declared June, National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, commenting that Caribbean Americans have contributed to the success, spirit, and character of the country.

“For generations, their skills, knowledge, innovation and initiative have enhanced and advanced many aspects of our society,” related President Trump, in a White House proclamation, adding “during National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, we celebrate the rich history and vibrant culture of the more than four million Americans, with origins in the Caribbean”.

Trump said Caribbean-Americans have helped improve America, by leading communities, advancing science and medicine, and advocating for the common good.

“We are especially grateful for the Caribbean-American men and women, who, proudly, wear our nation’s uniform, as members of the Armed Forces, and those serving as first responders, medical professionals and other essential personnel, on the front lines, in the fight against the coronavirus,” he observed, noting that the United States is “safer, stronger and healthier because of their service and sacrifices”.

The US President also explained that Caribbean-Americans have left “indelible marks on American culture”, stating that Roberto Clemente, a native of Puerto Rico and legendary baseball player, is one of the “many shining examples”.

He said Clemente, not only had “a stunning Hall of Fame baseball career, but he also dutifully served our nation, as a member of the United States Marine Corps Reserve, for six years, and served others, throughout his life, with profound care and compassion”.

“Like so many other Caribbean-Americans, he continues to inspire us, today, and remind us of the strong connection the United States will always have with the Caribbean region,” Trump said.

He said the United States is also the primary trading partner for the Caribbean nations “that make up our nation’s third border”.

“My Administration is dedicated to maintaining and strengthening our partnerships, within the Caribbean regions, which are forged through bonds of friendship, diplomacy and a shared commitment to democratic principles.

“We will continue strategic engagement in the areas of human rights, maritime security, crime prevention and interdiction, education, health, energy, economic growth, and disaster recovery and relief,” he added.

Trump said stability in the Caribbean, achieved through increased trade, job creation and investment, and efforts to counter organized crime and illicit trafficking, ensures a more secure, prosperous United States.

“This month, we pay tribute to Caribbean-Americans for all they have done, to drive our country forward. Now, therefore, I, Donald J. Trump, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me, by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2020 as National Caribbean-American Heritage Month,” he said.

Trump also urged all Americans, to join in celebrating the history, culture and achievements of Caribbean-Americans, “with appropriate ceremonies and activities”.

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