Hispanic Heritage Month 2014: The Puerto Rican edition

Philadelphia City Councilwoman Maria QuiñonesSánchez led a flag-raising ceremony at City Hall on Monday as veterans and JROTC high school cadets alike gathered with hundreds of proud Puerto Ricans and supporters from the ranks of the city’s public safety offices and other City Council members to celebrate this segment of Hispanic Heritage Month.

After an invocation offered by the Rev. Gerardo Colon Jr. of Casa Apostolica Internacional and between public pronouncements and strains of both the Star-Spangled Banner and La Borinqueña, the Puerto Rican national anthem, the flag was hoisted into a gentle September breeze. After the cheers came an impromptu fiesta, where the councilwoman arranged for lunch of Puerto Rican delicacies on the plaza.

City Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez and PCHR Executive Director Rue Landau proudly celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in Philadelphia.

City Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez and PCHR Executive Director Rue Landau proudly celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in Philadelphia.

City Councilman William Greenlee (l.) proudly shows off his guayabera, a shirt traditionally warn in the Caribbean -- to the cheers of the crowd and City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, MOIMA Deputy Director Fernando Treviño-Martinez, Congreso's Joanna Otero-Cruz and City Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez.

City Councilman Bill Greenlee (l.) proudly shows off his guayabera, a shirt traditionally warn in the Caribbean — to the cheers of the crowd and (l.-r). Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer, City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, MOIMA Deputy Director Fernando Treviño-Martinez, Congreso’s Joanna Otero-Cruz and City Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez.

Color guard from the Philadelphia Military Academy at Elverson open the 2014 raising of the Puerto Rican flag at City Hall.

Color guard from the Philadelphia Military Academy at Elverson open the 2014 raising of the Puerto Rican flag at City Hall.

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