Puerto Rican flag raising at Springfield City Hall

Hampden County

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Puerto Rican flag is flying over Springfield City Hall, commemorating the start of Puerto Rican Heritage Month.

State Senator Adam Gomez spearheaded the program devoted to saluting the progress and accomplishments of the North End community. Senator Gomez made it clear the Puerto Rican community has done itself proud.

“Absolutely, absolutely. We have definitely grown economically we’ve grown politically, we’ve grown as a community. We’re homeowners, we’re in the school system, we’re part of Springfield’s DNA,” said Senator Gomez.

Senator Gomez honored businesses in the North End that had distinguished themselves during the pandemic and helped the community grow.

Medina’s Market owner Jose Medina is proud of his community, “One of the most important things in the Spanish community, in the North End of Springfield, the community itself, everyone knows everyone, everyone is kind, nice to everyone and seeing the North End grow over the past 32 years is a wonderful thing.”

Mayor Domenic Sarno praised the Puerto Rican community, saying they have taken a leadership role in all forms of community life.

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