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Most of us here in Texas celebrate Cinco de Mayo with our Mexican friends as most of us are aware of the history of Mexico. In my day we studied Texas as well as U.S. history and World History. Art, Music,  and Geography were subjects that were also taught.  Really says a lot about schools and education systems. I digress, "Happy Cinco de Mayo," to all my Mexican friends on both sides of the border. 

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Good morning everyone on the Front Porch! Do you celebrate Cinco de Mayo!

For many Americans, Cinco de Mayo means enjoying Mexican food and probably a few margaritas. But Cinco de Mayo, which means May 5 in Spanish, is probably one of the most misunderstood Mexican holidays.

Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico's independence day. Mexican independence is celebrated Sept.16.

Many people drink margaritas on Cinco de Mayo.
 
Many people drink margaritas on Cinco de Mayo.  
MARIAN LITTLE UTLEY, GPN

Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army's unlikely victory over the French forces of Napoleon III on May 5, 1862, at the Battle of Puebla.

Mexico had trouble paying back war debts to European countries, and France had come to Mexico to collect that debt.

Today, Cinco de Mayo has become more of an American holiday than a Mexican one. But most non-Mexican Americans have "no idea" about the day's history, said Carlos Tortolero, president of the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago.

"If you went to any bar tonight and said 'What's this day about?', they would be clueless, and you can't blame the alcohol consumption either," Tortolero told USA TODAY Network.

For Tortolero, Cinco de Mayo is a reminder of how many times Mexico has been invaded by other countries.

"This one day, Mexico won the battle," he said.

Originally Published 9:24 a.m. CDT May 5, 2015

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