Each year, the United States observes National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of American Latinos. The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively. Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30-day period. This year’s national theme is: “Hispanic Americans: A History of Serving Our Nation.”
Hispanic Heritage Month is an opportunity for cities, counties and the state to celebrate the contributions Latinos have made and continue making to local communities and statewide progress. We are proud of the many accomplishments our community has championed through education, politics, the arts, medicine, science, research, law, health, economic development, and cultural enrichment.
We are at the edge of becoming a community of 1 million Latino Pennsylvanians! Reason número uno to celebrate this historic milestone during Hispanic Heritage Month.
This month is an important reminder to all that we are proud to be members of the cultural tapestry of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. We are neighbors, lawyers, doctors, teachers, pastors, entrepreneurs, politicians, leaders, social workers, journalists, laborers, farm workers, singers, artists, soldiers, bankers. We contribute every day to the economic stability of our state with our hands and sweat. We contribute to the security of our nation with our patriotism and valor. We contribute to peace in our humanity with our faith and hope.
Latino Pennsylvanians are more than just a group of people listening to Spanish music, eating empanadas and hanging a flag in their cars. We are doers, builders, creators, movers, and shakers.
Hispanic Heritage Month should serve as the statewide call for true and long-lasting Latino unity through Latino service to our state and local communities.
By Norman Bristol Colon