History has documented the heroism of Gen. Ignacio Zaragoza at the battle of Puebla. And yes, he was born in a village in the Mexico state of Coahuila y Tejas that later became Goliad, Texas.
But to refer to him as “Texas-born” and a “third-generation Texan,” as Bud Kennedy did in his Sunday column, “What’s the real meaning behind Cinco de Mayo?” is misleading and perhaps insulting to those of Mexican heritage.
Zaragoza was born in 1829 in what was then Mexico. He was a true Mexican national hero.
In the same editorial, Bud seems to support the idea that promoting beer at Cinco de Mayo “washes away heritage and Zaragoza’s heroism.”
I hope he doesn’t plan on attending the Fiesta Zaragoza in Goliad (or any local celebration for that matter) and telling revelers at the barbecue cookoff to put down their Corona!
The same would apply to our upcoming Fourth of July celebrations. Reverence for history and “enjoying a good time” do not have to be mutually exclusive.
Sherry García of the General Zaragoza Society seems to have grasped this concept.