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Cinco de Mayo

May 2nd, 2012

Are you familiar with Cinco de Mayo, the celebration of the 5th of May? Yeah, I had a vague idea it’s the fifth of May. Some think it’s just a day of merrymaking and drinking. But it’s not.

Wikipedia goes into great detail. Among other things, you may see that, on May 5, 1862, 4,000 Mexican soldiers defeated a much larger and more well-equipped French army of 8,000 at Puebla. You may note that this was the last European invasion in the Americas.

On June 7, 2005, the U.S. Congress issued a Concurrent Resolution calling on the President of the United States to issue a proclamation calling upon the people of the United States to observe Cinco de Mayo with appropriate ceremonies and activities. [Reference: Library of Congress (U.S.A.) Declaration Retrieved February 6, 2009]

Read more: Wikipedia’s article on Cinco de Mayo

A commentor on Huffington Post went Wikipedia one better:

Cinco de Mayo represents the intrinsic will of a people to remain free. Had the Mexicans not defeated the French at Puebla (they eventually lost that war but kept fighting): the French [would have] been licking their chompers to move into the US that was vulnerable to the decimation of the Civil War. Plus the general in charge of that battle, Ignacio Zaragoza, was born in Presidio La Bahia, (present day Goliad, TX).

Latinos are 16+% of the U.S. population, and growing. To what city can you go without finding some sort of Mexican food (no matter how poor an imitation)? I live in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the oldest (European, of course) capitol in what is the modern United States. Here we have, not a Latino influence but rather an influence from anybody else.

I’m not Latino, but my friends here are good teachers. I’ll have a Dos Equis on Cinco de Mayo, but I’ll stay thirsty.

Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it. (George Santayana)


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