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Virtual celebrations for Mexico’s Grito de Independencia

Mexico City, Mexico — President Andrés Manuel López Obrador led the commemoration ceremony of the 210th Anniversary of the Cry of Independence from the main balcony of the National Palace Tuesday night.

The president praised the heroes of the country, while dedicating the harangue to hope for the future, universal brotherhood, sovereignty, equality, democracy, justice, freedom, the cultural greatness of Mexico, its heroic people and indigenous communities.

The Chief Executive Officer and Dr. Beatriz Gutiérrez Müller observed a minute of silence in honor of the victims of the COVID-19 epidemic. This tribute was accompanied by the lighting of the Flame of Hope in the Zócalo of Mexico City, symbolizing those who remain standing in the face of the global health crisis caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

The Banda de Música and the Coro del Ejército Mexicano interpreted the Mexican National Anthem and other pieces of popular music, while traditional fireworks framed the celebration in the first square of the city.

The ceremony was broadcast live from Mexico City across television and social media channels to avoid large crowds due to the ongoing Coronavirus epidemic.