A Message from Dr. Federico Zaragoza- Feliz Cinco de Mayo

Dear CSN Family,

As a designated Hispanic Serving Institution, CSN provides education to a large population of Latinx persons, many of whom have Mexican-American heritage. We recognize the many contributions that Mexican-Americans make to CSN and to the Southern Nevada community. While Cinco de Mayo marks a relatively small battle in Mexico’s history, the day in America has become a popular celebration for people of Mexican-American heritage who live here. As many of you know, I am proud of my Mexican roots and so I want to share with you why Cinco de Mayo has become such a special day for Mexican-Americans in the United States.

Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Battle of Puebla of May 5, 1862. On this day, a poorly equipped force under the command of General Ignacio Zaragoza defeated the Franco-Mexican army which at the time was one of the most advanced in the world. The victory at Puebla became a symbol of the courage of the Mexican resistance to foreign intervention and has become a source of pride for people of Mexican heritage in the United States.

Today we highlight and celebrate yet another “rich” ingredient that contribute to the diverse cultures that make up the CSN family.

Feliz Cinco de Mayo!


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