September 15 - October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month in the United States. It honors the achievements, contributions, culture, and history of Hispanic and Latinx American people. It’s an excellent time to explore the rich history and culture of Latinx people as well as the societal bias the community faces.
The month-long commemoration started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988.
It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988. The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively.
This year's theme - Hispanic Americans: A History of Serving Our Nation - invites us to reflect on Hispanic Americans' service and contributions to the history of our Nation.