Flattman Law_ May 2018

FLATTMANN FILES “Quality Is No Accident”

May 2018

Next year will mark the 10-year anniversary of our firm, and we’re starting the celebration early! For starters, welcome to our first newsletter! I’m looking forward to keeping you updated on our practice, sharing personal stories, and having some fun! The celebration continues with our redesigned website and our first published book, “The Essential Guide to Car Accident Claims in Louisiana.” If you haven’t already done so, call or email us for a free copy. Things have changed in our practice. We now focus 100 percent on personal injury cases, including maritime law. However, please continue to call us with any legal matter; I love hearing from you, and if I can’t help you, I can certainly point you in the right direction. Things have changed for my family as well. My little girl is now 10 years old (going on 16). My son is already 6! My wife and I are still trying to figure out which child is more likely to take care of us when we get older! While a lot has changed over the years, our philosophy remains the same: Treat our clients like family. Call us with questions or to get help with your personal injury case at (985) 590- 6182, and we’ll take excellent care of you. FROM THE DESK OF Grady Flattmann

CINCODEMAYO T he H istory B ehind the C elebrations

Mother’s Day and Memorial Day are perhaps the most widely observed holidays this month. Cinco de Mayo celebrations are less common and often confined to bars and restaurants, which entice customers with specials on margaritas and Mexican cuisine that day. But Cinco de Mayo is much more than an excuse to have a few drinks — it’s a holiday steeped in culture, tradition, and national pride. When we celebrate Cinco de Mayo, we celebrate the spirit and heritage of Mexico. Many people believe that Cinco de Mayo is celebrated in honor of Mexican Independence Day, but that isn’t the case. Mexico declared its independence on Sept. 16, 1810, 50 years before the event that lead to the celebration of Cinco de Mayo — the Battle of Puebla. In 1861, Benito Juárez, the president of Mexico at the time, declared that the country was far too poor to pay its debts to France, Spain, and England. While Spain and England reached an agreement with the country, France invaded to claim Mexico as a territory. French troops fanned out across the country, claiming city after city, until May 5, 1862, when they reached the small town of Puebla. As the troops advanced toward the town, they were met by a group of Mexican soldiers. The fight lasted nearly three hours, and despite the odds being 2-1 against them, the small Mexican army won the battle. France lost nearly 500 troops, while Mexico lost less than 100. THE MYTH BEHIND THE HOLIDAY

- Grady Flattmann

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