March 21 is a memorable date for Mexicans, marking the birth of one of the greatest heroes of
the republic: President
Benito Juárez, a symbol of the law and national dignity.
together with a generation of prominent liberals, strengthened the republican
regime, by promoting the secular state, supported Mexicans’ freedoms and rights
and stoutly defended the nation from foreign invasion.
life and his work, President Juárez taught us a great lesson: that the law and the rule
of law are essential to the progress of society.”
Juárez’s legacy remains in force, which is why the government is working, with determination and commitment, to ensure legality and the rule of law throughout
In this collective effort, Mexico has invaluable support from the
loyalty and patriotism of its Armed Forces;
institutions that protect Mexico and Mexicans every day.
Unconditional, institutional loyalty
The presence and operational deployment throughout the country of the
armed forces has allowed society to return to normal, everyday life, especially
in the regions that were most affected by violence. With decisive actions and
precise operations, they have invariably demonstrated their strength and
“Today we recognize military units in the Army, Navy and Air Force, who have excelled
in fulfilling the missions with which they have been tasked. On receiving their
well-earned awards today, they have become an example to follow for their
comrades in arms, and a source of pride for their families, who are their main
support and strength.”
Soldiers, pilots and marines of Mexico, in order to wear the military uniform
and insignia, each one of you had to overcome several challenges that tested
your mettle, character and determination.
To get to where you are now, in addition to strict training and
discipline, you required a deep conviction of service and love for Mexico.
For all these
reasons, I recognize your everyday efforts, I appreciate your behavior governed
by the highest values and principles.
You make an
outstanding group of Mexicans, which preserves and enriches the heritage and
tradition of honor of our military institutions.
in mind, that as the first defenders of the nation, you are also the first to
be obliged to act in strict accordance with the law and with full respect for