Hispanic Heritage Month – September 15 to October 15, 2019

The theme for Hispanic Americans: A History of Serving Our Nation 2019 Themethe 2019 celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month is “A History of Serving our Nation”, reflecting on Hispanic American’s service and contributions to the United States.

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated annually from September 15 through October 15. It recognizes the contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America and South America.

This year’s theme was submitted by Veronica Vasquez, President and CEO of National Image, Inc., an advocacy group for the Hispanic Federal Workforce.

Hispanic Americans serve our nation in every capacity: Educators, military, science, civil rights leaders, politicians, first responders, journalists, medical professionals, lawyers, and every other category one could name.

From the website HispanicHeritageMonth.org, here is a list of notable individuals of Hispanic heritage who have served our country well:

Hilda Solis – Department of Labor former Secretary
Sonia Sotomayor – Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
Julian Castro – Housing and Urban Development former Secretary
Jorge Ramos–News anchor and winner of eight Emmy Awards.
Sylvia Mendez – Paved the way for school desegregation in the US perquisite to Brown vs. Education
Felix Longoria and Hector P. Garcia – Helped bring recognition to Hispanic World War II Veterans and founded the American G.I. Forum
Ruben Salazar – Journalist
Roberto Clemente – Baseball trailblazer
Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta – Co-founders of the United Farm Workers Union
Lauro Cavazos – US Secretary of Education from August 1988 to December 1990
Nydia Velazquez – First Puerto Rican elected to Congress
Rodolfo Gonzalez – Poet and champion of the Chicano movement
Ellen Ochoa – First Hispanic to leave Earth’s atmosphere
Franklin Chang – Díaz–Astronaut
Richard E. Cavazos – First Hispanic Four-Star General
Albert Baez – Co-inventor the X-ray microscope
Master Sergeant Raul Perez “Roy” Benavidez – Medal of Honor recipient
Alfred Velazquez Rascon – Medal of Honor recipient and the 10th director of the Selective Service System
Luis Muñoz Marín – First Democratically elected Governor of Puerto Rico
Herman Badillo – U.S. Congressman
Joan Baez – Folk Singer and Activist
Dr. Severo Ochoa – Doctor and biochemist – Awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1959 for synthesizing RNA (ribonucleic acid)
Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa – Neurosurgeon, Author, Researcher, and Chair of the Department of Neurologic Surgery at Mayo Clinic
Oscar de la Hoya – Boxing champion
Fernando Vargas – U.S. Olympian and boxing champion

During this month, we acknowledge and appreciate the contributions of Hispanic Americans whose diverse cultures and contributions have influenced and enriched our nation and society.



Hispanic Heritage Month 2019 Theme