United States President Donald Trump is saluting the contributions of Caribbean Americans to the “success, spirit, and character” of the country.
In a proclamation issued to mark June as Caribbean Heritage Month, Trump also expressed America’s gratitude to the millions of Caribbean nationals in the U.S.
“For generations, their skills, knowledge, innovation, and initiative have enhanced and advanced many aspects of our society,” the president’s statement read.
“During National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, we celebrate the rich history and vibrant culture of the more than 4 million Americans with origins in the Caribbean.
“Caribbean Americans have helped improve our Nation 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. Our Nation is safer, stronger, and healthier because of their service and sacrifices,” he added.
The president mentioned the “indelible marks on American culture” left by Caribbean nationals, in sports, the military and government service. He also mentioned the importance of the Caribbean to the U.S. as trading partners, calling the region the “third border.”
“This month,” Trump stated, “we pay tribute to Caribbean Americans for all they ha e done to drive our country forward.”