Burgos to host Dominican Independence Day ceremony Wednesday in Harrisburg, introduces resolution

HARRISBURG, Jan. 31 – State Rep. Danilo Burgos, D-Phila., will host a ceremony in honor of the 176th anniversary of the independence of the Dominican Republic on Wednesday, Feb. 5.

The ceremony will be held from 1:30 p.m. in the Capitol Rotunda.

The freshman legislator will be joined by keynote speaker George Fernandez of the Latino Connection, other Latino organizations from around the state, including the Dominican Association of PA Inc., a statewide charitable organization that provides support to Dominicans. Luz Colon, executive director of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs, will also be attending. Guests can watch a traditional Dominican dance ensemble performed by Spanglish, a teen Dominican dance group.

Burgos is the first Dominican elected to serve in the Pennsylvania General Assembly and has recently introduced a House resolution that would recognize Feb. 27 as “Dominican Independence Day” in Pennsylvania.

“I am honored to headline this ceremony celebrating the contributions that the Dominican community have made to Pennsylvania for a second year,” Burgos said. “I’m proud to highlight my community’s accomplishments in this way and spearhead having those contributions, and rich history and culture intertwined in our state’s history.”

Lunch will be served before the ceremony at 11 a.m. in Room 39 in the East Wing of the Capitol for invited guests.

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ATTENTION EDITOR/ASSIGNMENT DESKS: Media coverage is invited at both events.