Cornyn Celebrates Cinco de Mayo with Senate Resolution

In: All News   Posted 05/03/2019

Bipartisan Resolution Recognizes Historical, Cultural Significance of Cinco de Mayo

AUSTIN – U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) commemorated Cinco de Mayo with a bipartisan Senate resolution, which he co-authored with Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and which passed the Senate unanimously.

“Cinco de Mayo is a time to celebrate Mexico’s spirited revolutionary beginnings, and it’s a welcome reminder of our two nations’ similar histories,” said Sen. Cornyn. “As the Senator for a state where nearly 40 percent of the population identifies as Hispanic, I am proud to commemorate this significant day and celebrate our nation’s intertwined cultures with this Senate resolution.”

The resolution was cosponsored by Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Kamala Harris (D-CA), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Martha McSally (R-AZ), Patty Murray (D-WA), Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Krysten Sinema (D-AZ), and Tina Smith (D-MN).

Text is below, and you can view the full resolution here.

Whereas May 5, or “Cinco de Mayo” in Spanish, is celebrated each year as a date of importance by Mexican and Mexican-American communities;

Whereas the Cinco de Mayo holiday commemorates May 5, 1862, the date on which Mexicans defeated the French at the Battle of Puebla, one of the many battles that the Mexican people won in their long and brave fight for independence, freedom, and democracy;

Whereas the victory of Mexico over France at Puebla represented a historic triumph for the Mexican government during the Franco-Mexican war fought between 1861 and 1867 and bolstered the resistance movement;

Whereas the success of Mexico at the Battle of Puebla reinvigorated the spirits of the Mexican people and provided a renewed sense of unity and strength;

Whereas the French army, which had not experienced defeat against any of the finest troops of Europe in more than half a century, sustained a disastrous loss at the hands of an outnumbered and ill-equipped, but highly spirited and courageous, Mexican army;

Whereas the courageous spirit that Mexican General Ignacio Zaragoza and his men displayed during that historic battle can never be forgotten;

Whereas, in a larger sense, Cinco de Mayo symbolizes the right of a free people to self-determination, just as Benito Juarez, the president of Mexico during the Battle of Puebla, once said, “El respeto al derecho ajeno es la paz”, meaning “respect for the rights of others is peace”;

Whereas the sacrifice of Mexican fighters was instrumental in keeping Mexico from falling under European domination while, in the United States, the Union Army battled Confederate forces in the Civil War;

Whereas Cinco de Mayo serves as a reminder that the foundation of the United States was built by people from many countries and diverse cultures who were willing to fight and die for freedom;

Whereas Cinco de Mayo also serves as a reminder of the close ties between the people of Mexico and the people of the United States;

Whereas Cinco de Mayo encourages the celebration of a legacy of strong leaders and a sense of vibrancy in communities; and

Whereas Cinco de Mayo serves as a reminder to provide more opportunity for future generations:

Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the Senate

  1. Recognizes the historical struggle of the people of Mexico for independence and freedom, which Cinco de Mayo commemorates; and
  2. Encourages the people of the United States to observe Cinco de Mayo with appropriate ceremonies and activities.