Back then, local churches got together to celebrate this significant date in Mexican/American history, but today, it’s non-existent.
If you walked up to an average American and asked what Cinco de Mayo was, you’d probably get a ton of answers.
Most would say, “Isn’t that Mexican Independence day?” Others might say, “Yeah, it’s the day Mexico gained its freedom from Spain.”
It’s not quite so bad in Texas…you’ll find lots of Hispanics who understand the meaning of that day. Yes, it was a great day for the people of Mexico. Outnumbered 4 to 1, the Mexican army, under the direction of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín , defeated the invading French forces at the Battle of Puebla…
News of the incredible victory spread across Mexico, creating a sense of unity and hope…
But France was determined to defeat Mexico, sending reinforcements, ultimately conquering Mexico and named… Emperor Maximilian I , ruler of Mexico. Fortunately, that wasn’t the end.
After the United States ended its Civil War, it regrouped and engaged in the war to drive France out of Mexico for good. With American resources and troops, we succeeded in ridding Mexico from a suppressive government.
Last night, Janet Jackson and I met with Falls County activists, Jim Pfrommer, Randy Flores, Mary Lou Baker, Regina Webber, and Valerie Parker to re-kindle the flame of the Hispanic community and restore the pride of Hispanics in Falls county.
We had a great meeting…these guys are pumped!!!
Will update as details…we think its time to bring back the Cinco de Mayo Celebration…