The Mayor of Tijuana, Karla Patricia Ruiz Macfarland, hosted the civic act commemorating the 211th Anniversary of the beginning of the Independence of Mexico, and was a spectator of the motorized parade transmitted virtually through the official Facebook page of the XXIII City Hall of Tijuana, where, at the same time, citizens could enjoy the event, maintaining the safety and hygiene protocol due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The ceremony took place at the National Independence Civic Plaza, with the presence of the commander of the Second Military Zone, Brigadier General Saúl Luna Jaimes, where the mayor pointed out the importance of remembering the heroes of the homeland, not as characters in history books, but as Mexicans who fought, so that today, we could be free and independent.
We must remember the values that these heroes left us, who are not only characters in books, but who existed, who fought, who lived through a war, who had conflicts, who lost their lives, everything, to fight for justice. That is what we should always celebrate and honor: that we are a nation that fights, with unity, for justice; that we are a human and generous country, said Ruiz Macfarland.
For her part, the president of the Education, Culture, Libraries, Science and Technology Commission, councilwoman Edna Mireya Pérez Corona, spoke about the event and highlighted the importance of celebrating the men and women who became the foundation of what Mexico is today, from the northernmost part of the country.
The councilwoman emphasized that the heroic land of Tijuana can understand the "mestizaje", heritage left by the independence, because here we find the culture of all places, not only of Mexico, but of the whole world, hence, the importance of celebrating both the heroes we know in the great monuments and the anonymous ones, for their courage, patriotism, heroism and their ability to defend our country.
The commemorative ceremony was attended by the state coordinator of the National Guard in Baja California, Brigadier General Francisco Javier Hernández Almanza; the Secretary of Public Safety and Citizen Protection, Pedro Cruz Camarena; the Secretary of Government, Joel Fabián Guardado Reynaga; the Secretary of Municipal Public Education, Margarita Rosas Hernández; the city's chronicler, Mario Ortiz Villacorta; and the Director of the Center for Historical Studies of Tijuana, José Gabriel Rivera Delgado.
After the civic ceremony, the first woman mayor of Tijuana, accompanied by military authorities and public officials, witnessed the traditional parade commemorating the 211th Anniversary of the beginning of Mexico's Independence, which on this occasion was motorized to respect the health protocol.
Twenty-two contingents participated in the parade, led by the 28th Infantry Battalion's escort and marching band, among which the following stand out: the Secretariat of National Defense, the National Guard, the Secretariat of Security and Citizen Protection, the Juvenile Police, the Tijuana Fire Department, the Mexican Red Cross and Civil Protection.
Also participating were the elementary schools belonging to the municipality, only, with the banner, Carlos Villalvazo, Emma Bustamante, Manuel Quirós Labastida, Club Soroptimista, Club de Leones; and the middle schools Adolfo López Mateos, Xicoténcatl Leyva Alemán, as well as the Municipal High School, Number 1, Manuel Gómez Morín.
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