Today we continue our newest series: Knights Sound Off, and we do so in hopes of lifting the voices of our brothers, the Honorable Knights of Omega Delta Phi in regards to current events, fraternal news, as well as other on-goings. From September 15th to October 15th, Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated in the United States. The month long celebration commemorates the contributions and the legacies of those with Hispanic/Latin roots and who’ve played a pivotal role in the shaping of America and her culture.

According to the United States Census Bureau website, “The observance was born in 1968 when Congress authorized the president to issue an annual proclamation designating National Hispanic Heritage Week. Just two decades later, lawmakers expanded it to a monthlong celebration, stretching from September 15 to October 15.

The timing is key. Hispanic Heritage Month — like its shorter precursor — always starts on September 15, a historically significant day that marks the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. The designated period is also a nod to those from Mexico and Chile, which celebrate their independence on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18, respectively”

The following Honorable Knights shared their thoughts on Hispanic Heritage Month and what their favorite tradition or custom of their respective culture or community is and why.