September 16, 2017: Mexican Independence Day

WHEREAS, as home to people of various cultural backgrounds, the state of Michigan is strengthened by their presence and many contributions to our daily lives. Within this state a growing representation of Mexican communities shares its rich traditions, cultural perspective and wonderful history with our entire society; and,

WHEREAS, Michiganders have a longstanding tradition of acknowledging significant milestones and events of importance. We proudly commemorate the 206th anniversary of Mexico’s independence, as our fellow residents of Mexican ancestry add significantly to the unique multicultural heritage of this state through their achievements and enduring legacy that inspire people of all backgrounds; and,

WHEREAS, it was on September 16, 1810 that Mexico obtained its independence from Spain in a long and hard fought struggle. It was through the vision and perseverance of such great leaders as Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla that liberation came to the Mexican people;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim September 16, 2017 as Mexican Independence Day in Michigan.