Submitted by: Rafael Prieto, General Manager- TitleMax Carrollton, TX.
During National Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 to October 15, we recognize the contributions made by and the important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans in the United States and celebrate their heritage and culture.
Hispanic Heritage Month, which originated in 1968, begins each year on September 15 and celebrates the independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico, Chile, and Belize also celebrate their independence days during this period, as well as Columbus Day (Día de la Raza) on October 12.
The term Hispanic or Latino, refers to Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin regardless of race. On the 2010 Census form, people of Spanish, Hispanic and/or Latino origin could identify themselves as Mexican, Mexican American, Chicano, Peruvian, Puerto Rican, Cuban, or “another Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin”.
Hispanic Americans have had a lasting impact throughout history, which is exemplified by the accomplishments of its hardworking people. They are the writers, singers, and musicians that enrich our arts and humanities, as well as the innovative entrepreneurs steering our economy. They are scientists and engineers revolutionizing our ways of life and making sweeping new discoveries and advocates leading the way for social and political change. They are the brave men and women in uniform who commit themselves to defending our most cherished ideals at home and abroad. Their lasting achievements and devotion to our nation exemplify the tenacity and perseverance embedded in our national character.
As a Peruvian-American (Peru, by the way, is highly-regarded throughout the world for its cuisine), I am proud to be among the 55 million Latinos living in America, part of a large and vibrant community that has contributed to our nation through strong work ethic, commitment to family, faith, hard work, entrepreneurship, and service in their individual communities.
Let’s celebrate this month with joy, a sense of unity, pride and respect; thinking of building together an ever brighter future for all!!