As I reflect on the celebration of Cinco de Mayo, I am aware that there is a misconception that the day is Mexican Independence Day. It is not. Cinco de Mayo marks the Mexican army’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla.
It is significant to many because a smaller, poorly equipped Mexican force defeated a larger and better-armed French army in 1862. And, while it is a day of celebration, Cinco de Mayo is celebrated more in the United States than in Mexico.
On this day, I encourage all of you to spend some time today learning about Mexican culture and the influences that culture has on Colorado and the nation as a whole. Embracing a variety of cultures can provide us with better cultural awareness and acceptance of people from different backgrounds.
From all of us in DPS, ¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo!
Dr. Alex Marrero