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MDP Honors Mexican-Americans, Celebrates Cinco de Mayo

May 05, 2011

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The Michigan Democratic Party

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 5, 2011

MDP Honors Mexican-Americans, Celebrates Cinco de Mayo
Cinco de Mayo Marks Mexicans’ Defeat of French in 1862

LANSING – The Michigan Democratic Party today is encouraging all Michiganders to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and honor the accomplishments and traditions of Mexican-Americans.

“Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of hard work and determination,” MDP Chair Mark Brewer said. “Today, we celebrate the Mexican victory nearly 150 years ago and we honor the rich traditions of Mexican-Americans not only in Michigan, but throughout the nation.”

Cinco de Mayo, which translates to the ‘Fifth of May’, is a remembrance of one of the most remarkable underdog victories in world history. In 1862, French Emperor Napoleon III commanded the greatest military power of his era and sent an invading force of approximately 6,000 into the Battle of Puebla. Mexican soldiers, severely out-numbered and out-gunned, were able to defeat the French troops under the brilliant leadership of Gen. Ignacio Zaragosa. The “Batella de Puebla” came to represent Mexican unity and patriotism. Cinco de Mayo has become a powerful symbol of overcoming overwhelming odds. It is analogous to the United States’ Independence Day in its role of celebrating Mexico’s origin.

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