The annual celebration of the Hispanic heritage started 47 years ago.
President Ronald Reagan expanded it to a month, from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. Throughout the history of the United States, people have come from all over the world and have contributed to build this nation.
Hispanic Heritage Month, like the celebration of other ethnic groups, is an opportunity to share with those that are not Hispanic the richness, the diversity and the contributions of various Hispanic cultures.
Some of the earliest signs of Hispanic culture in East Texas date back to the 1500s, with the arrival of Spanish explorers in 1521, the establishment of missions in the late 1600s, and the founding of the town of Nacodgoches in 1779 by prominent Spanish trader Colonel Antonio Gil y’Bardo.
So, for a short period, let’s look beyond the challenges we face and recognize the sacrifices and contributions that Hispanics have made to help build this great country.