(Victor Valley)– More than 200 years ago in the Mexican village of Dolores, the parish priest, Father Miguel Hidalgo, rang his church bell and yelled his cry for freedom from Spanish tyranny in what launched the war for Mexican Independence.
To commemorate Hidalgo’s historic “Cry of Dolores,” on the evening of Sept. 15, the day before Mexican Independence Day, the president of Mexico will ring the bell of the National Palace in Mexico City.
After the ringing the bell, the president will repeat a cry of patriotism, which is known as “El Grito,” with the names of the important heroes of the Mexican War of Independence and ending with the threefold shout of ¡Viva México! from the palace balcony to the assembled crowd in the Plaza de la Constitución, or Zócalo, one of the largest public plazas in the world.
Cal State San Bernardino will also commemorate Mexican Independence Day with evening-long festivities featuring the Mexican Consulate ringing a bell and giving the traditional words, with the names of Mexican independence heroes included, ending with the threefold shout of ¡Viva México!
The free celebration will be held on Sunday, Sept. 15, at the university’s Commons area from 6-10 p.m. There will be cultural performances, music and a variety of Mexican foods will be sold at booths. Free parking is available in Lot D.
There will also be a live-feed on large projector screens of the re-enactments and celebrations from the Zócalo in Mexico City, as well as others all over the world as the event is commemorated and enacted in cities and towns, in every plaza all over Mexico; and in Mexican embassies, consulates, and by Mexicans and Mexican-Americans world-wide.
For more information, call (909) 889-9836, ext. 228.
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