Earlier today, President Enrique Peña Nieto led the Military Parade to commemorate the 205th anniversary of the heroic deeds of Mexico’s Independence and the Centennial of the creation of the Mexican Air Force.

At 11 a.m., President Peña Nieto left the National Palace and went to Plaza de la Constitution, where he hoisted the monumental flag, flanked by Secretary of National Defense, General Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda, and Secretary of the Navy Admiral Vidal Francisco Soberón Sanz, as well as representatives of the branches of government.

Immediately afterwards, on board a military vehicle, the President reviewed the troops stationed in Constitution Square.

Afterwards, from the central balcony of the National Palace, the president witnessed the parade accompanied by his wife, Angélica Rivera Peña; the presidents of the board of the Chamber of Deputies and Senators Jesús Zambrano Grijalva and Roberto Gil Zuarth, respectively, as well as President of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation, Luis María Aguilar Morales, and the Secretaries of National Defense and the Navy.

Along the route, the military parade was witnessed by a large number of families who came to observe the demonstration of discipline and bravery of elements of the Armed Forces.

During the military parade, the Armed Forces revealed their high level of training and equipment; and reaffirmed their commitment and loyalty to the homeland and their Supreme Commander; the President of the Nation.

At the end, Major General Aviation Pilot and Certified Air Staff Course Graduate Carlos Antonio Rodríguez Munguía informed President Peña Nieto that the military parade had passed without mishap, and involved a monumental flag, 79 war flags, a bow flag, 2,167 elements of the Mexican Air Force, 2,827 members of the Mexican Secretariat of the Navy, 6,577 members of the Mexican Army, 739 members of the Federal Police, 100 items belonging to the National Association of Charros and the Mexican Federation of Charrería, 90 aircraft, 339 vehicles, 14 boats, 240 livestock and 26 dogs, within a period of 1 hour and 38 minutes.

Four thousand eight hundred elements also participated in the presentation of monumental murals on Mexico’s Independence.