On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Mexico on the 204th anniversary of your country’s independence.
I saw our partnership in action earlier this year in Mexico City. I met with innovative entrepreneurs and inspirational students. I visited the Zócalo for the Feria de las Culturas Amigas, where Mexico’s leadership was on display for the whole world. I was honored to tour the Palacio Nacional and its famous Diego Rivera murals depicting Mexico’s proud history – from the Aztec temples of the moon and the sun, to the birth of modern Mexico.
As friends and neighbors, we embrace a shared vision for the future based on freedom and democracy. That’s why we work together to keep our shared border safe, address regional and global challenges, and ensure a better future for both Mexicans and Americans.
As you gather at the Zócalo today to hear the bells ring the Grito de Dolores or celebrate with family and friends, I wish you a happy independence day.