Happy Mexican Flag Day!

February 24th is El Día de la Bandera de México, commemorating the day in 1821 on which the Plan of the Three Guarantees — religion, independence, and unity — was proclaimed by Generals Agustin de Iturbide and Vincente Guerrero, and the first three-color flag for an independent Mexico was created by José Magdaleno Ocampo.

El Pendon Trigarante (The Flag of the Three Guarantees).  Created 24 February 1821 by José Magdaleno Ocampo.
El Pendon Trigarante (The Flag of the Three Guarantees). Created 24 February 1821 by José Magdaleno Ocampo.

Flag Day has gotten a lot bigger, literally, with the construction of the Banderas Monumentales — monumental flags, flown on massive flagpoles, in various locations across the country.

A short documentary from NotimexTV on the construction of the giant flags by the Secretariat of National Defense.

Flag Day is a time to recite el Juramento a la Bandera (the Oath to the Flag)…

¡Bandera de México! / Flag of Mexico!
Legado de nuestros héroes, / Legacy of our heroes,
símbolo de la unidad / symbol of the unity
de nuestros padres y nuestros hermanos. /of our parents and our brothers.
Te prometemos ser siempre fieles / We promise to always be loyal
a los principios de libertad y de justicia / to the principles of liberty and justice
que hacen de nuestra patria la nación independiente, humana y generosa / that make our homeland the independent nation, humane and generous
a la que entregamos nuestra existencia. / to which we give our existence.

… and to sing el Toque de Bandera (the Salute to the Flag):

Se levanta en el mástil mi bandera / My flag rises on the mast
como un sol entre céfiros y trinos / like a sun between winds and warbles
muy adentro en el templo de mi veneración, /inside the very temple of my veneration
oigo y siento contento latir mi corazón / I hear and feel my heart beating happily
Es mi bandera, la enseña nacional, / it’s my flag, the national standard,
son estas notas su cántico marcial. / these notes are its martial canticle.
Desde niños sabremos venerarla / From childhood we’ll know how to venerate it
Y también por su amor, ¡vivir! / and also for its love, to live!
Almo y sacro pendón que en nuestro anhelo / Venerable and sacred banner of our yearning
como rayo de luz se eleva al cielo / like a ray of light rises to the sky
inundando a través de su lienzo tricolor / flooding through its three-colored canvas
inmortal nuestro ser de fervor y patrio ardor. / our immortal being of fervor and homeland ardor.
Es mi bandera, la enseña nacional, / It’s my flag, the national standard,
son estas notas su cántico marcial. / these notes are its martial canticle.
Desde niños sabremos venerarla / Since childhood we’ll know how to venerate it
Y también por su amor, ¡morir! / and also for its love, to die!

The Salute to the Flag, performed by the Genaro Nuñez Band and the Student Band of the State of Jalisco.

Here’s a handy infographic on the Mexican flag — for those who read Spanish.

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Author: SDM

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