I must admit, I haven’t really thought much about this day, other than to take advantage of the great food and celebrations around town. So, when I decided to write about this event, I first wanted to get the correct information. (Thank You Google)
The date is still widely misunderstood as Mexico’s Independence Day, but Cinco de Mayo is actually a celebration of the surprising Mexican army’s victory over France at the 1862 Battle of Puebla.
The holiday’s popularity began as the unlikely Battle of Puebla Mexican victory reached California-based Latinos, many of whom were not only happy about Mexico’s victory, but had been rooting for Union forces in the Civil War at the same time. They wanted to make the case for fighting for freedom and democracy and link it to the struggle of the Civil War.
Today, Cinco de Mayo in the U.S. is primarily a celebration of Mexican-American culture. There are many more interesting facts about Cinco-De-Mayo, but this will do for a start.
I am writing this to point out the value of fighting for what you believe in. This story is but one example of a small group of people who, because of their faith and belief in their cause, were victorious in battle. It is inspiring to know how committed they were to fight against such incredible odds.
I would also like to point out the long-standing relationship we have with Mexico. It is in our best interest to find a solution for the immigration issue we are facing. In my opinion, both political parties are content with using this issue as a political tool to solidify their base, without really trying to find a compromise that would help both countries. There are valid arguments each side can make, but neither side seems to be willing to compromise.
I am not trying to make a political statement. I would just like to see us work as hard at uniting our country, instead of dividing it. I am aware the only thing I can control are my own actions. So, I will continue to work on becoming a better person and friend. I will continue to help the people I can with volunteer work and my Foundation. I will continue to work on being the kind of man my Angel Shannon is proud of. I am grateful for all the examples of strength and courage both countries have given us. It has taught me to have faith in the greater plan our Heavenly Father has for us.
I am constantly thankful for my Angel Shannon’s examples of strength. I will always LOVE AND MISS YOU sweetheart.
Next week: Happy Mother’s Day
P.S. Fouling people at basketball is my way of uniting them. I’m gifted that way.