H.Con.Res.398 - Recognizing the historical significance of the Mexican holiday of Cinco de Mayo.107th Congress (2001-2002)
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|Sponsor:||Rep. Baca, Joe [D-CA-42] (Introduced 05/08/2002)|
|Committees:||House - International Relations|
|Latest Action:||House - 05/08/2002 Referred to the House Committee on International Relations. (All Actions)|
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[Congressional Bills 107th Congress] [From the U.S. Government Printing Office] [H. Con. Res. 398 Introduced in House (IH)] 107th CONGRESS 2d Session H. CON. RES. 398 Recognizing the historical significance of the Mexican holiday of Cinco de Mayo. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES May 8, 2002 Mr. Baca (for himself, Mr. Ortiz, Mr. Serrano, Mr. Acevedo-Vila, and Mr. Hinojosa) submitted the following concurrent resolution; which was referred to the Committee on International Relations _______________________________________________________________________ CONCURRENT RESOLUTION Recognizing the historical significance of the Mexican holiday of Cinco de Mayo. Whereas May 5, or Cinco de Mayo in Spanish, is celebrated as a date of great importance by the Mexican and Mexican-American communities; Whereas since May 5, 1862, this date has become one of Mexico's most celebrated national holidays and is celebrated annually by almost all Mexicans and Mexican-Americans, north and south of the United States-Mexican border; Whereas the Battle of Puebla was but one of the many battles that these courageous people had to win in their long and brave struggle for independence and freedom; Whereas the French general, confident that his battle-seasoned troops were far superior to the almost amateuristic Mexican forces, probably expected little or no opposition from the Mexican army; Whereas however on that historic day the French army, which had not tasted defeat in half a century against Europe's finest troops, suffered a disastrous loss at the hands of an outnumbered, ill-equipped, and ragged, but highly spirited and courageous Mexican force; Whereas Napoleon III of France was not only planning to build an empire for himself in Mexico, but was actually looking ahead to then subsequently aiding the Southern States in their fight against the North in the American Civil War in order to procure the South's cotton, which was much needed by France; Whereas after three bloody assaults upon Puebla, in which over a thousand gallant Frenchmen lost their lives, the once handsomely uniformed French troops were finally defeated and driven back by the outnumbered Mexican troops; Whereas the courageous and heroic spirit that Mexican General Zaragoza and his men displayed during this historic battle can never be forgotten; Whereas the Battle of Cinco de Mayo, in which many brave Mexicans willingly gave their lives for the cause of justice and freedom, was instrumental in keeping Mexico from falling under European domination at that time; Whereas Cinco de Mayo is not only the commemoration of the rout of the French troops at the town of Puebla in Mexico, but also a celebration of the virtues of individual courage and patriotism of all Mexicans and Mexican-Americans who have fought for freedom and independence against foreign aggressors; Whereas Cinco de Mayo serves as a reminder that the foundation of this Nation is built by people from many nations and diverse cultures who are willing to fight and die for freedom; Whereas Cinco de Mayo also serves as a reminder of the close ties, spiritual as well as economic, that bind the people of Mexico and the people of the United States, and especially the southwestern States, the home of millions of Mexicans and Mexican-Americans; Whereas in the larger sense, Cinco de Mayo symbolizes the right of a free people to self-determination--just as Benito Juarez once said, ``El respeto al derecho ajeno es la paz'' (``The respect of other people's rights is peace''); and Whereas many people celebrate during the entire week in which Cinco de Mayo falls: Now, therefore, be it Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That the Congress recognizes the historical struggle of the Mexican people and requests that the President issue a proclamation recognizing that struggle and calling upon the people of the United States to observe it with appropriate ceremonies and activities. <all>