Message on the
Observance of Cinco de Mayo, 1988
May 5, 1988
am delighted to join the people of Mexico and all those of
Mexican heritage in the United States in celebrating Cinco de Mayo, the historic anniversary of Mexican
independence and freedom.
May 5, 1862, Mexican troops led by
General Ignacio Zaragoza defeated invading French
forces at the Battle of Puebla. The Mexicans, though
greatly outnumbered, were carried on to victory by their unswerving belief in
liberty and independence. Today, Cinco de Mayo stands
as a symbol of the love of democracy and freedom which continues to burn in the
hearts of men and women throughout the Americas.
Mexico and the United States share a proud tradition
of courage and conviction. As neighbors both in spirit and locale, we look to
the future with faith in our continued friendship. The United States has indeed been blessed
by her citizens of Mexican descent, and I am confident that our two peoples
will continue to grow in friendship and mutual enrichment.
this special day, I am happy to send warm congratulations and good wishes to
the people of Mexico, our citizens of
Mexican descent, and all who cherish liberty. Que Dios los bendiga!