The Valley and Mexico will all be remembering and celebrating Cinco de Mayo when General Ignacio Zaragosa and his 4,000 Mexican soldiers defeated the 6,000 French Imperialists at the Battle of Puebla.
But who remembers the 180-year anniversary of the Battle of San Jacinto on April 21,1836?
Gen Sam Houston and his Texan and Tejano soldiers defeated General Santa Anna and his Mexican Army, taking only nine fatalities while killing more than 630 and taking more than 600 prisoners, to win independence for Texas.
I hope I was not the only one flying the Texas flag that day.
However, May 8 is the 170-year anniversary of the Battle of Palo Alto, the first major battle of the Mexican-American War, which was fought between Los Fresnos and Brownsville.
Gen. Zachary Taylor with about 2,200 soldiers defeated Gen Mariano Arista and his 3.400 Mexican soldiers using the “flying artillery,” smaller and more maneuverable cannons that were promoted by Major Sam Ringold.
Unfortunately, Ringold was fatally shot by a Mexican cannonball that went through his right leg, his horse that he was riding, and exited through his left leg. On May 9, the Americans and the Mexican soldiers would fight hand to hand at the Battle of La Palma with the Americans winning that battle also.
If anyone would like to learn more about those brave soldiers who fought 170 years ago, live historians and re-enactors will be firing the American cannons and Mexican soldiers that will be marching, drilling, and firing their brown-bess muskets for all the visitors at the Palo Alto Battlefield on FM 511 and Paredes Road on Saturday, May 7, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Mexico always remembers to honor their brave soldiers who fought and died for Mexico. Why shouldn’t we remember our brave soldiers who fought and died for Texas and America?
Jack Ayoub Harlingen