Cinco de Mayo and the American Civil War


May 4, 2022

Backside view of Juan Valdez. The identity of this mystery character will be revealed at the upcoming Cinco de Mayo celebration on May 5th during lunch at the Chinook Senior Center. Call for a lunch reservation (357-2648) before 10am. All are welcome to eat lunch and celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Juan on this Thursday. Lunch is $5.

Alert readers will be aware that tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo-the May 5th annual celebration of Hispanic culture and its role in the U.S. The holiday is based on an event in Mexico but not widely celebrated there. Interestingly, the holiday was first celebrated in the U.S. in 1863 by Hispanic immigrants who wanted to highlight the effects of a war being waged against Mexico by the French army.

There are many misunderstandings about the origins of the Cinco de Mayo celebration and its significance. Probably the most common misconception is that Cinco de Mayo is Mexico's Independence Day (a myth...

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