TEGUCIGALPA – President Juan Orlando Hernandez opened the celebration on Thursday of the 195th anniversary of Honduras’ independence from Spain with a ceremony honoring the nation’s flag.
“We are born free and no foreign state or nation should limit that right,” Hernandez said in an address delivered at the presidential palace.
First lady Ana Garcia de Hernandez; representatives of the three branches of government; Cabinet ministers; lawmakers; the ambassadors from the other Central American countries; and schoolchildren attended the ceremony.
Hernandez led the pledge of allegiance to the flag, calling on his countrymen to celebrate independence with “patriotism” and remember the country’s founding fathers.
“This cry of liberty and pride in being free citizens is part of the heritage that the patriotic heroes planted in our conscience and we must put in the consciences of our children and their children, and this legacy inspires us to never yield to adversaries, the great challenges, even if they appear insurmountable,” the president said.
Honduras, like many other countries, faces “great challenges,” but everyone “must do his part” and “not wait for someone else to act,” Hernandez said.
The country has “taken the right path, despite the great challenges” facing it, especially violence, which claims the lives of an average of 13 people per day, the president said.
The independence celebrations in Honduras start with Flag Day on Sept. 1 and run throughout the month.