Texas State Rep. Alonzo Celebrates Cinco de Mayo 2015 With Constituents, Friends and Special Guests
Texas State Representative Roberto R. Alonzo celebrated various Cinco de Mayo events throughout the weekend in Dallas and Austin, Texas. Today at the State Capitol in front of his colleagues on the floor, he took time to officially declare the event in Texas, one of the most-highly celebrated holidays among the Latino community not only in Texas but across the country.
Earlier today, the Dallas lawmaker asked that the House of Representatives recess in honor of this important cultural event for the Latino community in Texas. The day commemorates the Battle of Puebla. During this battle a small Mexican force led by Mexican General Ignacio Zaragoza, defeated French invaders headed toward Mexico City in 1862. Zaragoza was born in the village of Bahia del Espiritu Santo or modern day Goliad, Texas. He was related to Juan Seguin another Mexican leader of early Texas. Zaragoza served with honor in defeating the French.
“Cinco de Mayo is more than a commercial holiday that focuses on beer consumption and fiesta. It is a historical event that represents the Tejano role in fighting for independence and liberty both in Mexico and the United States. This is a tradition that continues to live in our communities. It is an idea that motivates me to serve the community in the best way possible,” said Rep. Alonzo.