Mexican Independence Day

Press Statement
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
September 15, 2009

On behalf of the people of the United States, I offer congratulations to the people of Mexico as they celebrate the 199th anniversary of independence from Spanish rule on September 16. This historic day is commemorated by Mexicans all over the world, including in the United States, where the Mexican flag and colors are proudly displayed.

Just before midnight on September 15, 1810, Father Miguel Hidalgo called for the people of his parish to join in a struggle for national independence in a famous speech, known to history as the Grito de Dolores. That first Grito began with the ringing of church bells in the state of Guanajuato to call the Mexican people to a movement for independence. In the United States, we remember the peals of the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia that made the same call. Our two nations share a rich and interwoven history and a future that depends on our strong partnership.

On this festive occasion, I want to reaffirm the commitment of the United States to strengthen that partnership and work together with Mexico to enhance the security and prosperity of all our people. ¡Viva México!

PRN: 2009/913