For Immediate Release
May 5, 2009
Contact: Nicole Y. Williams
Barbara Lee Commemorates Cinco de Mayo
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) released the following statement commemorating Cinco de Mayo:
“Cinco de Mayo recognizes Mexico’s remarkable defense against foreign intervention, a feat marked by great courage, sacrifice, and devotion to the right of self-determination.
“The day transcends a single battle at the City of Puebla, where, many years ago, Mexican forces defeated a far more advanced and well-equipped military force.
“For Americans, the holiday has come to symbolize the rich and diverse experience of Mexicans and Mexican-Americans. It is a day where we celebrate the rich and varied contributions of Americans of Mexican ancestry to the history, culture, and progress of the United States.
“Whether you celebrate the day by watching a mariachi performance on the National Mall, listening to a lecture on the activism of César Chávez, or simply going to a backyard barbecue with your family and friends, this holiday, at its essence, is an American holiday.
“In my home state of California, Americans have been celebrating this day as far back as 1863, just one year after the historic Battle of Puebla.
“As we commemorate this day, let us honor our brothers and sisters who have contributed to the rich diversity of the United States. Let us remember that this diversity, far from being a recent phenomenon, or a distinct chapter in American history, has been with us since our nation’s founding, and has enriched our country throughout each and every chapter of our history. Let us continue to celebrate this diversity, and recognize that it will continue to be the great blessing and strength of our country.”
The Honorable Barbara Lee (CA-9)
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