Vote for the best Hispanic Heritage Month Essay

JR Ortega By JR Ortega

Oct. 6, 2013 at 5:06 a.m.
Updated Oct. 4, 2013 at 5:04 a.m.

"A Christmas Tradition"

A Christmas tradition that I look forward to are the “Posadas.” Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church and La Capilla de Santisima Trinidad gather together in preparation for the birth of Jesus at Advent. Praying the Rosary and singing, carrying lit candles, we go from house to house as did the Holy Family looking for a place for Jesus to be born, singing in Spanish, “Will you let us in, my name is Joseph and my wife is Mary she is going to give birth to the savior of the world” and the response from the inside, “I don’t know who you are, I don’t care, go away!” Joseph supplicates at another door, “Please let us in our baby is about to be born!” the response this time, “Is that you Joseph and you Mary? Yes we know who you are come in we have room for you”. See Jesus is not going to be born in a manger this time He will be born in our hearts. Then fiesta, lots of good food and music. “Ya viene las posadas que lindas estaran!” on the guitar and accordion. Smiling and singing with joy in our hearts.

Cecilia Villarreal Gutierrez, Victoria

"Learning through the Marine Corp"

As I grew up my parents always had installed old fashion values showing us right from wrong. They showed me how to work hard, get a education and do my best in everything I do in my life while treating others with respect. I ended up spending 20 years in the Marines, earning my Bachelors degree and even took classes online while I was in Afghanistan and Iraq. I always took part in military Hispanic Culture festivals at the different military bases I was at sharing my portion of this area. I served as a mentor to young Hispanic migrant workers to show them anything in life is possible in this wonderful country of ours. I received a National Hispanic Leadership Award in 2002 for the things I have done in my community because of the pride and respect that was installed in me through my Hispanic Heritage. Even today as a Assistant Scout Master, I tell old folk stories that were told to me as a young boy at the camp fire. All these values are what I love about my Hispanic Heritage. It is something that made my life successful and it is surely something that I am passing on to my kids and they will pass on to theirs.

Gilbert A. Ramon, Victoria, retired United States Marine Corp

"My Hispanic Heritage"

I am proud of my Hispanic heritage because family is very important. Having a loving family, teaching them to be loyal, respectful, trustworthy, honest, hardworking and religious people are the values of family. Our Hispanic traditions are celebrated every year to teach our children about our heritage. Education is also a very important part of our family.

A Hispanics main course meal can consist of a stack of tortillas, a pot of rice, beans and a molcajete with chili (hot salsa) and we are very happy with just that. We should also never be ashamed of our background no matter if we come from a poor or wealthy family. Our Spanish language is also very important to us. We are proud to know how to speak Spanish. We should never be embarrassed to speak it in public. Our children are being taught Spanish in school no matter their race. Our language is important to our society today.

I am a Hispanic. I work as a part-time housekeeper and a part-time ESL Aid. ESL stands for English as a Second Language.

This is why I am proud of my Hispanic Heritage.

Linda M. Garcia, Victoria



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