Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

In: The Lonestar Weekly   Posted 09/27/2019

September 15 through October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month – a time to celebrate the heritage and contributions of the tens of millions of Hispanic and Latino Americans across the country.

Texas is home to more than 11 million Hispanic Americans – some who have lived here for generations.

Throughout our state’s history, we’ve benefitted from the leadership of people like Dr. Hector Garcia – a surgeon, decorated World War II veteran, and civil rights advocate.

He founded the American GI Forum to ensure veterans receive equal benefits and care regardless of their race or ethnicity. He was also an ardent advocate for equal educational opportunities, and his motto was, “Education is our freedom, and freedom should be everybody’s business.”

Dr. Garcia later became the first Mexican-American to serve as an ambassador to the United Nations, representing our country on the world stage. President Ronald Reagan later bestowed upon him the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

His legacy is a reminder of what a single person can accomplish in the face of great adversity, if only you have the courage to fight for what’s right.

Texas and America are stronger, smarter, and more inclusive because of the contributions of generations of Hispanic Americans.

I’m glad to spend this month reflecting on the work they have done, and celebrate the culture that is uniquely woven into the fabric of our country and our great state.