Heroes of Mexican Independence Honored at Palacio Nacional


Today fourteen patriotic heroes’ remains were transfered to Mexican landmark “El Palacio Nacional”  (National Palace ) as part of the Mexican Bicentennial celebration. Military personal ceremoniously escorted the remains of  heroes :Miguel Hidalgo, José María Morelos, Juan Aldama, Ignacio Allende, Nicolás Bravo, Vicente Guerrero, Mariano Jiménez, Mariano Matamoros, Guadalupe Victoria, Francisco Javier Mina, Andrés Quintana Roo, Leona Vicario, Pedro Moreno y Víctor Rosales from Castillo de Chapultepec (Chapultepec Castle) to Palacio Nacional.  Citizens with flowers lined up along Reform Avenue, they cheered and applauded as they witnessed caravan go by.

At Palacio Nacional President Felipe Calderón headed the ceremony. He delivered an uplifting speech in honor of : the heroes, their memory and their transcendent contribution to the birth of the Mexican nation & it’s  people’s struggle for independence. “Let us not forget that we are descendants of Hidalgo” “Everywhere we go, in all we do, let us carry our patriotic heroes’ ideals with us.” Drums rolling, a chivalrous color guard marching, stately flag statues, the heroes where escorted to their resting place and so the ceremony concluded.

Pictures and video of the ceremony can be found at : http://www.bicentenario.gob.mx/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1920&Itemid=55

This is not a video of today’s ceremony, it’s a video of when the heroes’ remains were taken out of the mausoleum located at the base of the  Angel of Independence for the first time in 85 years in order to be taken to Chapultepec Castle earlier this year. The transfer was made for the purpose of putting them in the custody of the  National Institute of Anthropology Mexico. The remains were to undergo a series of  forensic examinations, precise registry, and preservation in preparation for the transfer to Palcio Nacional.

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