On the night of September 15th, Puerto Peñasco mayor Ernesto “Kiko” Munro led celebrations at City Hall to commemorate the 210th Anniversary of Mexico’s call to Independence, which first rang out over Dolores Hidalgo on September 16, 1810.
The traditional event, held in a very non-traditional fashion during this time of Covid-19, aired over the city’s social networks and website. Though normally looking over a festive crowd, this year the mayor was joined for the virtual Independence celebration by his wife Linda Pivac de Munro, Navy Commander Victor Manuel Alarcón Daows, City Secretary Terencio Gutiérrez Valenzuela, Municipal Police Chief José Tlaseca Méndez, Community Action director Prof. Armando González, several public servants, and representatives from neighborhood committees.
As part of the night’s celebration, track athlete Eduardo Gómez Lerma delivered the Independence Torch to the mayor on the balcony at City Hall. The torch represents the message sent by Doña Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez to the priest don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla in the early hours of September 16, 1810, warning their conspiracy had been discovered. City Secretary Terencio Gutiérrez then read the Act of Independence, by which the Mexican Empire first declared its independence from Spain.
The evening culminated with Mayor Kiko Munro invoking the traditional “Grito” – call for Independence – and waiving of the Mexican flag. ¡Viva!