Mexican Independence Day 2015


WHEREAS, Mexican-Americans are important and valued members of communities throughout Virginia; and

WHEREAS, inspired by the concepts of liberty, equality, and democracy, coupled with the fear that the Spanish were invading, the war of Mexican Independence began on the morning of September 16, 1810, in the town of Dolores, Mexico; and

WHEREAS, the famous speech given by Father Miguel Hidalgo known as “El Grito de Dolores,” or the “Cry of Dolores,” was the first call to fight for liberty; and

WHEREAS, September 16, 2015, marks 204 years of independence from Spanish rule; and

WHEREAS, on Mexican Independence Day, Mexicans commemorate El Grito de Dolores in every plaza of Mexico, ringing bells and reciting the famous speech; and

WHEREAS, in Virginia, festivals are held with an array of food and entertainment, including Mexican cuisine, mariachi performances, Mexican flags, and art; and 

WHEREAS, Mexican Independence Day is an opportunity to celebrate the thousands of Mexican-Americans in Virginia, whose abilities and contributions strengthen Virginia’s economy, enrich Virginia’s diverse culture, and invigorate Virginia’s communities;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize September 16, 2015, as MEXICAN INDEPENDENCE DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.