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WHEREAS, Mexico’s War of Independence lasted for 11 years, and after signing a treaty guaranteeing Mexico’s Independence in 1821, Agustín de Iturbide triumphantly led the Trigarante Army into Mexico City; and
WHEREAS, celebrations occur around the world to honor the country’s rich history, arts, culture, and people, and include cultural exhibits, military parades, and the recreation of the Trigarante Army entering the Zocalo in Mexico City; and
WHEREAS, Virginia’s Mexican community enriches the Commonwealth with their contribution of prominent business owners, recognized professionals, elected officials, traditions, food, and culture; and
WHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Virginia celebrates in unity with Mexican families, organizers, and participants throughout Virginia, and to highlight the long-standing friendship between our Commonwealth and Mexico;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize September 27, 2021, as THE 200TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CONSUMATION OF THE INDEPENDENCE OF MEXICO in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.