Hispanic Heritage Month

  • October 5, 2022

September 15th through October 15th is National Hispanic Heritage Month, which celebrates the histories, cultures, and contributions of Americans who can trace their ancestry to Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. The celebration begins in the middle of September because it coincides with national independence days in several Latin American countries: Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica celebrate theirs on Sept. 15, followed by Mexico on Sept. 16, Chile on Sept. 18 and Belize on Sept 21.

Credit Union ONE asked our Chairwoman, Guadalupe Lara, what this month means to her as a proud Hispanic.

“Hispanic heritage is a time for me to acknowledge and share the many accomplishments of Hispanics who love this country and have contributed so much to build this country.  I am deeply honored to have been raised by parents who instilled pride in our rich history from the Aztec Indians to present day.  I was named in honor of my Uncle Guadalupe Uriegas Lara, who was awarded the United States Purple Heart for his valor during World War II.  I have had the pleasure to serve my family by serving others.  We are not new Americans; we have lived here since 1846 when the United States and Mexico signed the treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo after the end of the Mexican-American War.  While we have faced many challenges and barriers, I come from a deep faith that love of family and giving back to others is a recipe for success.  I choose to look for the good in others and build from there despite their challenging behavior. This cultural outlook has served me well. Hispanics have served in the military, as well as other professions: doctors, engineers, lawyers, social workers, nurses, teachers, media and in their communities where they live.”

Chairwoman Lara highlighted that it is important for people to understand that “we (Hispanics) want what everyone wants, good health, education, equality in families, and the American Dream!”