Why Hispanic Heritage Month matters

From the White House to statehouses across America, from Main Street to Wall Street, there will be many commemorations marking Hispanic Heritage Month, which officially kicked off on September 15 — but does all the hoopla matter?

Yes. All the proclamations, mariachi music and exultations, even the tacos served at these tributes are necessary — especially if, beyond cocktails and soggy nachos, everyone takes the time to learn the stories and recognize everyday Hispanic American heroes who gave and continue to give of themselves to this nation.

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