During Hispanic Heritage Month, the Wisconsin National Guard joined the nation in acknowledging and celebrating the contributions of Hispanic service members and their commitment to service.

During Hispanic American Heritage Month, we emphasize the value the military places on diversity. We are strong because we not only place great value in having different perspectives, approaches, and skills but also because we value having ethnic and cultural diversity.

Our nation’s story would not be possible without generations of Hispanics who have shaped and strengthened the fabric of our Union. They have enriched every aspect of our national identity with traditions that stretch across centuries and reflect the many ancestries that comprise the Hispanic community. 

The military is made up of about 114,093 Soldiers of Hispanic descent, who demonstrate brilliant leadership from privates through the 3 and 4-star general ranks. Hispanic service members pride themselves on being strong and making a difference for themselves, their families, their communities and our nation.

Reflecting the rich cultural diversity of the American people, Hispanic Americans have shaped and strengthened our country.  As members of the Armed Forces, brave Hispanic men and women have fought and died to defend the United States in every war since the American Revolution, many serving before becoming American citizens. 

The military has always recognized the commitment and effort of its Hispanic service members. Soldiers like Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry, a Hispanic American, an Army Ranger, and a Medal of Honor recipient is an example of one who was recently honored for his courage and selfless sacrifice by saving the lives of his comrades. 

Today, we are strong because we leverage and draw strength from the rich diversity within our ranks. At a crucial time in history, Hispanic Americans — military and civilian — are playing critical roles in strengthening our nation’s presence around the world.

h year, Americans celebrate the traditions, ancestry, unique experiences and contribution of the nearly 46 million Hispanic Americans through National Hispanic Heritage Month.