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Cinco de Mayo – on May 5, 1862 we remember the battle of Puebla in Mexico.  Although it was not a major win in Mexico’s overall war against France, it represented a great symbolic victory for Mexico.  In 1867—thanks in part to military support and pressure from the United States, France finally withdrew.

Ironically today, in Mexico, this day is observed locally but in the United States it has become a country-wide celebration of Mexican culture and heritage. It is a time to appreciate our southern neighbor and to recognize our close business ties.

Let us remember, that as we struggle with immigration reform, in 1867 there was no wall.  There was only cooperation between national neighbors.  So, let us continue to pray that God will give us a greater appreciation of human diversity while reminding us to celebrate that we are one human family.