We are in the middle of Hispanic Heritage month and we need to pause and recognize the important contributions of Hispanics to our community. Here is Price Arredondo, Director of Hispanic Business Services for the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce.
President Johnson in 1968 approved recognizing the contributions of Hispanics every September 15. President Reagan in 1988 expanded it to Hispanic heritage month. We can trace the roots of Hispanics to almost 500 years with the arrival of Cabeza de Vaca in 1528 to what is now Galveston Island. Hispanics are steep in serving and contributing. Participating in Congress in 1822, the Civil War in 1865, the space program, Nobel Prize winners, in films and music, and in sports since 1817. In the Independence of Texas, 8 fought at the Alamo with Texans, one signed the Declaration of Independence and one-born in Mexico served as the first vice-president of the Republic of Texas in 1836. It's important to not only recognize the Hispanic American, but all ethnic groups and their contributions - after all, we are of one nation - indivisible with liberty and justice for all.