Today is Cinco de Mayo. Here in Colorado, we’ve been celebrating Cinco de Mayo for generations. Contrary to common misconception, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day, but a celebration of the defeat of Napoleon III’s invading French army at the battle of Puebla. Obviously, Hispanic culture is a huge part of Colorado identity and worth celebrating. However, any time a free people triumphs over a tyrant is deserving of commemoration. While the battle of Puebla was unfortunately not the end of European colonialism, it marks the last time any country in the Americas was invaded by Europeans. To those who believe in freedom. ¡Salud!