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How my family plans to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

LIBRE spokesperson Israel Ortega shares why Hispanic Heritage month is so important to him and how his family plans to celebrate

By Israel Ortega

To me, Hispanic Heritage Month is a reminder of part of what makes this country unique and special. Unlike other countries formed around geography, ethnicity or even religion, ours was founded on a set of ideas.

Among the ideas that gave rise to this country include: freedom, equality, and the freedom to pursue happiness.

I am convinced that these ideas have led to our country’s success and prosperity.

And they are the reasons why my family and I immigrated to this country when I was young – and why so many folks from all over the world, including Latin America, have come here for generations.

For this year’s Hispanic Heritage Month, my family and I are doing a culinary tour of Latin American countries. We will enjoy savory Spanish tapas, feast on Mexican food and appreciate yummy Peruvian cuisine, just to name a few.

My hope is to pass on my love for Latin America’s diversity and rich history to my three school-aged children, and impress upon them how incredibly fortunate we are to live in a country that is inclusive and abundant in opportunity.

Israel Ortega is national spokesperson for The LIBRE Initiative

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with LIBRE at one of these special events.