May 5, 2021 – Cinco de Mayo – National Astronaut Day

Did You Watch The Orbit Of The Freedom 7 Space Capsule?

Welcome to May 5th, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate the independent spirit of our closest neighbors and the skies above. 

In 1862, Mexico defaulted on loan payments to France, and the French government was not pleased. So displeased that it sent troops to Mexico to overthrow the country. Normally, the United States would have intervened, but it was in the midst of civil war…and France wanted to take advantage of the situation. The French army landed at the port of Veracruz and began to march toward Mexico City. On May 5th, they ran into Mexican forces who, though badly outnumbered, beat the French and sent them running back to the coast. On Cinco de Mayo, we celebrate this small but significant victory with a tribute to Mexican culture, including great music, food and cervezas!  

If you were alive on this day in 1961 to watch the Freedom 7 Space capsule and its 15 minute orbit, chances are good you can still feel the excitement of that moment.  Astronaut Alan Shepard is regarded as a hero today and no matter your age or how you spend your time on earth, one truth remains constant, “Space Inspires.” Today we celebrate the pioneers like Shepard and many others who were willing to risk it all and go first.  We know that our kids will discover new frontiers as they stand on the shoulders of these giants.  On National Astronaut Day, reach for the stars and support the programs that teach the next generation of space explorers, who already know that the sky’s the limit! 

I’m Anna Devere and I’m Marlo Anderson.  Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day.

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