Sept. 15 marked the start of National Hispanic Heritage Month, a 30-day celebration that recognizes the history, culture, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.
As the nation’s second-fastest-growing racial or ethnic group, people of Hispanic descent are recognized during this month for shaping many parts of U.S. society and culture, from making scientific discoveries to culture and fashion contributions.
To commemorate these contributions, President Lyndon Johnson started Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968, and the celebration was then expanded to a 30-day observation and enacted into law in 1988 by President Ronald Reagan. Sept. 15 was selected as the beginning of National Hispanic Heritage Month because it marks the anniversary of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. The 30-day span is also relevant because Mexico, Chile, and Belize celebrate their independence days on Sept. 16, 18, and 21, respectively.
The U.S. Army uses this month to celebrate the diverse and inclusive environment of the United States Army, while the U.S. Navy celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month by honoring sailors of Hispanic heritage. Meanwhile, communities across the country celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans and honor the Hispanic influence with festivals, exhibits, educational opportunities, and ceremonies.
Join Fine Line Glass Tinting in celebrating the Hispanic community and their contributions to the United States by learning more about Hispanic and Latino history and culture. Visit www.hispanicheritagemonth.gov for highlights of the 2020 celebration, including events held by the Library of Congress, the National Gallery of Art, the National Park Service, and more.