RECOGNIZING THE 208TH ANNIVERSARY OF MEXICAN INDEPENDENCE; Congressional Record Vol. 164, No. 149
(Extensions of Remarks - September 07, 2018)

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       RECOGNIZING THE 208TH ANNIVERSARY OF MEXICAN INDEPENDENCE

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                           HON. MIKE COFFMAN

                              of colorado

                    in the house of representatives

                       Friday, September 7, 2018

  Mr. COFFMAN. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the 208th 
Anniversary of Mexican Independence and the 125th Anniversary of the 
Consulate General of Mexico in Denver.
  In October 1893, Mexican President Porfirio Diaz appointed Mr. 
Casemiro Barela as the first Consul General of Mexico in Denver, 
Colorado. This moment marked the beginning of the long and rewarding 
relationship between the people of Colorado and Mexico. I am proud to 
offer this recognition of this important day for the Mexico-United 
States relationship, but also for the Mexico-Colorado relationship, 
here in the United States House of Representatives. Not only is Mexico 
an important neighbor, but it is also one of our nation's greatest 
trading partners and closest friends.
  Mexico is home to a hardworking and caring people. Through the 
generations, we have seen the Mexican people exemplify resiliency and 
courage leading to the development of their country. Mexico is a 
country of great culture, which has positively influenced the United 
States and its citizens for the better. The United States is home to a 
large Mexican-American community, and their contributions have 
undoubtedly made our nation stronger.
  I am pleased to recognize the 208th Anniversary of Mexican 
Independence and to mark the 125th anniversary of the opening of the 
Mexican consulate here in Colorado. I look forward to the continued 
success of our southern neighbor and to watching the bond between our 
two nations grow stronger.

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