The city of Killeen formally recognized the city’s growing Hispanic population during a special ceremony Tuesday at City Hall.
“The city of Killeen is a melting pot of different ethnic groups, religions and cultures,” Corbin said. “It is really an honor that we can recognize Hispanics who have had a profound and lasting influence on our culture.”
A proclamation expressing the city’s gratitude for the Hispanic community’s contribution to the city was given to representatives of three of the city’s most prominent Hispanic organizations — the League of United Latin American Citizens or LULAC, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Spanish Cultural Society.
“This shows everybody that we are strong that we are diversified because we come from all over the world really,” said Lillie Aguero, secretary for the LULAC Foundation.
Each year LULAC organizes celebrations for Cinco de Mayo, Diez y Seis de Septiembre or Mexican Independence Day, the Latin Arts Festival and the Day of the Dead, and awards $10,000 in local scholarships.
“We try to blend all of those cultures by bringing music and performers to the city,” Aguero said.
Albert Hernandez, LULAC’s chaplain, said that Killeen’s Hispanic population comes from countries all over the world, including Guam and the Philippines, as well as Europe, Central and South America.
“What is great about Hispanic culture you build that trust very quickly,” Councilman Jose Segarra said. “We have a great sense of community.”
Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated Sept. 15 through Oct. 15.