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Honoring Hispanic heritage in America

| September 30, 2021 1:00 AM

In the United States, we are proud of our diverse culture, storied history, and the common values we share that exemplify what it means to be an American. Growing up in central Washington, I have experienced firsthand how Latino and Hispanic cultures are deeply integrated into our communities, our country, and these very values. From September 15 to October 15 each year, we celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month, and we recognize the many contributions of Hispanic Americans and how they have made us a greater nation.

Through hard work, faith in God, and a deep love of family, Hispanic Americans have pursued their dreams and strengthened the vitality of our nation. They have enriched the American experience and excelled in business, law, politics, education, community service, the arts, science, and many other fields. Hispanic entrepreneurs are helping build a better, more hopeful future for all by creating jobs in our district and across our country.

I’ve had the opportunity to meet with hundreds of Hispanic families, small business owners, farmers, and community leaders who are truly shaping the future of central Washington. In our district, it is crystal clear: We continue to benefit from a rich Hispanic culture, and we are a stronger country because of the talent and creativity of the many Hispanic Americans who have shaped our society.

Throughout our history, Hispanic Americans have also shown their devotion to our country through military service. Citizens of Hispanic descent have fought in every war since our founding and have taken their rightful place as heroes in our nation’s history. Today, Hispanic Americans serve in our armed forces with courage and honor, and their efforts are helping make the U.S. more secure and bringing freedom to people around the world.

However, not all of the contributions made by Hispanic Americans are so visible or so widely celebrated. The quiet strength of close-knit families and proud communities have enriched our nation beyond measure.

National Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to commemorate the struggles, successes, and dedication that characterize Hispanic communities and enrich our nation. Not only do we celebrate how we have benefitted from Hispanic entrepreneurs, servicemembers, scientists, educators, and more, but we also recognize the bright futures and aspirations our Hispanic youth have to offer.

America is truly the world’s melting pot, where people of diverse backgrounds and cultures come together as one people united by shared values. Hispanic and Latino Americans, throughout history, have played a significant role in building a stronger United States, and this community is woven into the very fabric of our country.

I am proud to represent central Washington’s vibrant Hispanic and Latino communities and to honor all they do to protect our communities, teach our children, and make central Washington a better place to live. It is, in no small part, thanks to them that America continues to be the land of opportunity.

Rep. Dan Newhouse represents Washington state’s 4th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.