No, it’s not July 4. It is Sept. 15, 2011 and some people around the world are celebrating Independence Day.
When you look at calendars, you see all kinds of special days, holidays and other notations most people pay little attention to.
Looking at today’s date and Friday’s, you may find “Independence Day (m)” and wonder what it really means.
A quick trip on the Internet shows Independence Day Sept. 15-16, for a number of countries and peoples.
Neighbors to the southwest are beginning to celebrate their special day, liberation from Spanish rule 200 years ago.
Mexico and Mexicans around the world are ready to celebrate their special day.
After Christopher Columbus “discovered” American, Spaniards carried out an expedition to search for gold and riches.
In 1521 about 500 Spanish solders, led by Hernan Cortes, set foot in Mexico. On Aug. 13 that same year, the Aztec emperor was captured, beginning three centuries of Spanish rule.
Early on Sept. 16, 1810, a revolt, that lasted 10 years, began with the ringing of chapel bells at early dawn.
Mexicans will gather in plazas around their country, and those living elsewhere will join them as music, food, shouts of joy and gatherings, large and small, wear the bright colors of their country’s flag and celebrate.
The celebration ends with shouts of Viva Mexico.
That joyous celebration overshadows the years of 1846-1848 when armed forces from the United States and Mexico clashed over the U.S. annexation of Texas.
Portions of California and New Mexico became part of the United States of America as known today.
Today’s “war” is over the porous border and influx of illegal drugs that are taking a high toll of lives on both sides of the border.
That is a “war” that may never end.