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Cinco de Mayo

Background:
Long ago, a small group of ragged and untrained villagers defeated a professionally CincoMayotrained army of men to protect their heritage, country and home. The day was May 5, 1862 and it was the Battle of Puebla. This meaningful but small victory paved the way to build Mexico’s confidence to persevere and eventually triumph.

Cinco de Mayo honors the ideals of pride, perseverance and freedom, ideals we can all identify with.

Did you know that Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day?

Mexico declared its independence from Spain in September of the year 1810. It took 11 years thereafter before the Spanish soldiers were forced to leave Mexico. The French had also landed in Mexico, but rather than collecting their debts and leaving, they decided to try to take control of Mexico. Cinco de Mayo celebrates their eventual freedom. The date honors the victory of Mexican villagers over French soldiers in the Battle of Puebla; it was just one small battle, but a very symbolic one. This date is celebrated as the turning point in the Mexican battle to win freedom.