Sunday, May 5, 2013

Happy Cinco-de-Mayo

    Cinco-de-Mayo translates to 5th of May , and commemorates a battle between the Mexican Army and the French Army on May 5th 1862.  I'll give you the Reader's Digest condensed version of the events.
   The battle occurred in the midst of the Civil War, and prevented Napoleon from supplying aid to the Confederate troops.  History tells us that after the Civil War had ended, the United States returned the favor and helped Mexico defeat Napoleon.  May 5th is not celebrated in Mexico, but began in cities with large Mexican-American communities like Los Angeles and Houston.
   In 2005, Congress issued a proclamation calling on the people of the United States to observe Cinco-de-Mayo with appropriate ceremonies and activities.  Today, many celebrate with nachos, guacamole,  and beverages like Margaritas.  It's a wonderful  way to spend a day!
    This year,  the battle will happen around Immigration Reform.  I believe that the path to citizenship  is long overdue.  All of my grandparents emigrated to America, and became citizens.  It was not easy, but it was possible, even though many feared that my Irish and Italian ancestors would be a burden to the country.  History has shown that it never happened!  My relatives love this country, and are hard working productive members of society.  Thank goodness that the voice of reason prevailed in the early 1900's and I pray that the same will happen again....and the beat goes on.....the beat goes on.......

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