Hispanic Heritage Month is a celebration of Hispanic heritage beginning on September 15 to October 15 in the United States.  This month is reserved to honor the influence, contribution, culture, history and more importantly the achievements of Hispanic and Latin Americans in the United States. September 15 is significant because it is anniversary of the independence from Spain for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mexico also celebrates their independence on September 16th and Chile on September 18th. Columbus Day or Día de la Raza is on October 12th. The celebration started in 1968 under President Lyndon B Johnson for a week but was later turned into a monthlong celebration in 1988 under President Ronald Reagan.

It is important that we celebrate this rich culture and history.  I am proud of my Hispanic roots, so this month holds a special significance in my own life. My experience growing up in a Hispanic immigrant family have given me different perspective and appreciation for my culture and community. I have witnessed the diversity, beauty, and richness of my culture. My Hispanic roots have shaped my role as an attorney and community leader and have fueled my passion to make a difference in the Latin community. My life has been enriched by my rich culture and experience, so it is important to celebrate our roots. Happy Hispanic Heritage Month!