ST. LOUIS – The City of St. Louis raised a flag Friday afternoon outside of City Hall to mark Hispanic Heritage Month.

Friday marks the start of Hispanic Heritage Month, which celebrates the history, culture, and achievements of Hispanic Americans.

Sept. 15 is a key date in Hispanic Heritage Month. It marks the anniversary of when Latin American countries won independence.

The flag raised Friday features symbols that represent perseverance, sacrifice, family, courage, prosperity and justice.