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Resolution to recognize the historical significance of Cinco de Mayo

Resolution to recognize the historical significance of Cinco de Mayo

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Published by Mark Udall
Mark Udall co-sponsored a bipartisan resolution, introduced by U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, to recognize the historical significance of Cinco de Mayo. In celebration of Cinco de Mayo, Udall released the following statement.
Mark Udall co-sponsored a bipartisan resolution, introduced by U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, to recognize the historical significance of Cinco de Mayo. In celebration of Cinco de Mayo, Udall released the following statement.

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Published by: Mark Udall on May 05, 2011
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CEL11370 S.L.C.
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CONGRESS1
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ESSION
 
S. RES.
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Recognizing the historical significance of the Mexican holiday of Cinco deMayo.
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
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Mr. M
ENENDEZ
(for himself, Mr. C
ORNYN
, Mr. R
EID
, Mr. D
URBIN
, and Mr.U
DALL
of Colorado) submitted the following resolution; which was re-ferred to the Committee on
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RESOLUTION
Recognizing the historical significance of the Mexican holiday of Cinco de Mayo. Whereas May 5, or ‘‘Cinco de Mayo’’ in Spanish, is cele- brated each year as a date of great importance by theMexican and Mexican-American communities; Whereas the Cinco de Mayo holiday commemorates May 5,1862, the date on which the Battle of Puebla was fought by Mexicans who were struggling for their independenceand freedom; Whereas Cinco de Mayo has become one of the most famousMexican national holidays and is celebrated annually by nearly all Mexicans and Mexican-Americans, north andsouth of the United States-Mexico border;
 
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 Whereas the Battle of Puebla was but one of the many bat-tles that the courageous Mexican people won in their longand brave struggle for independence and freedom; Whereas the French, confident that their battle-seasonedtroops were far superior to the almost amateurish Mexi-can forces, expected little or no opposition from the Mexi-can army; Whereas the French army, which had not experienced defeatagainst any of the finest troops of Europe in more thanhalf a century, sustained a disastrous loss at the handsof an outnumbered, ill-equipped, and ragged, but highly spirited and courageous, Mexican force; Whereas after three bloody assaults on Puebla in which morethan a thousand gallant Frenchmen lost their lives, theFrench troops were finally defeated and driven back by the outnumbered Mexican troops; Whereas the courageous and heroic spirit that Mexican Gen-eral Zaragoza and his men displayed during that historic battle can never be forgotten; Whereas many brave Mexicans willingly gave their lives forthe causes of justice and freedom in the Battle of Pueblaon Cinco de Mayo; Whereas the sacrifice of the Mexican fighters was instru-mental in keeping Mexico from falling under Europeandomination; Whereas Cinco de Mayo serves as a reminder that the foun-dation of the United States is built by people from many nations and diverse cultures who are willing to fight anddie for freedom;

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