Fifth-graders from Lowell Elementary School in Fresno were on hand to witness the raising of the Mexican and American Flags in front of the Fresno City Hall.
In commemoration of the 203rd anniversary of the Independence of Mexico, the Consulate of Mexico in Fresno will hold a civic ceremony at Fresno City Hall, honoring both of the Mexican and the American flag, symbolizing the partnership between the two countries.
On September 16, 1810, in Dolores, Guanajuato, Mexico, a Catholic priest by the name of Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, ÒEl Padre de la PatriaÓ (The Father of the Homeland), called upon his congregation with the bells of the church, launching the fight for independence from the Spanish government with the famous ÒGrito de DoloresÓ (The Cry of Dolores). While this date does not mark the ultimate outcome, it does mark the beginning of MexicoÕs struggle for Independence, and, since the 19th century, it is celebrated across Mexico beginning on the evening of the 15th of September. MARK CROSSE — THE FRESNO BEE Buy Photo