Yesterday while Mimi was babysitting, Mande and I were trying to explain to the A girls just what Cinco de Mayo is . . . yes, we thought it was the celebration of Mexican independence . . . and why did we celebrate it here in the United States? It was all a little confusing to them . . . so,when Mimi got home she had to do a little research and here's what I found . . .
It might be a historical stretch to credit the survival of the United States to those brave 4,000 Mexicans who faced an army twice as large in 1862. But who knows.
In gratitude, thousands of Mexicans crossed the border after Pearl Harbor to join the U.S. Armed Forces. As recently as the Persian Gulf War, Mexicans flooded American consulates with phone calls, trying to join up and fight another war for America.
Mexicans, you see, never forget who their friends are, and neither do Americans. That's why Cinco de Mayo is such a party -- a party that celebrates freedom and liberty. There are two ideals which Mexicans and Americans have fought shoulder to shoulder to protect ever since the 5th of May, 1862.
VIVA! el CINCO DE MAYO!!