Today, Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Chairman Rubén Hinojosa (TX-15) released the following statement in celebration of Cinco de Mayo, which commemorates the historic Battle of Puebla, when the outnumbered Mexican military triumphed over the French Army in 1862:
“Cinco de Mayo marks a special occasion for the 33.6 million Mexican-Americans in our country, both as a celebration of heritage and also as a reminder that every person strives for freedom and an opportunity to build a better life. I’m proud to celebrate the importance of this date and the significance of the Battle of Puebla, as well as recognize the rich contributions Mexican-Americans continue to make to our nation.
“There’s no doubt that Mexican-Americans are playing a vital role in making America a strong and successful country. From the 700,000 Mexican-American veterans who served our country in uniform, to the 1 million Mexican-American business owners building our economy, the Hispanic community plays a significant role in shaping the America that we live in today. I’m honored to recognizing these contributions and call on all Americans to join me in celebrating Cinco de Mayo.”