The bicentennial of the Heroic Military College (HCM) will be the main theme of the commemorative parade for the 213th anniversary of Independence, which will take place next Saturday from Mexico City’s Zócalo to Campo Marte.
The column will be composed of a total of 13,805 members from the Army, Navy, Mexican Air Force, and the National Guard. It will feature 100 aircraft, 600 ground vehicles, 36 themed floats, 150 canine teams, and 450 horses.
Before the parade begins, HCM cadets will perform a sequence of evolutions and a coordinated marching exercise on the Constitution Square, exclusively done to celebrate historical events. Additionally, 15 cannons will fire a salute with crimson smoke, the color of HCM’s insignias.
Immediately afterward, the cadets from this military academy will perform in the Zócalo the largest rifle salute ever conducted in the country. For this, 1,548 members from 18 companies will fire simultaneously.
This exercise had to be rehearsed three times until it was executed perfectly during the general parade review held this Tuesday at Military Camp No. 1-A, led by the Secretary of National Defense, Luis Cresencio Sandoval González.
Following the advance with the flags of all the armed forces participating in the parade, the HCM contingent will initiate the column, with a group of cadets wearing uniforms that have been used by students at this military institution throughout its history.
Elements from the armies of friendly countries will also participate, including El Salvador, Ecuador, Cuba, Colombia, Panama, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Nepal, Honduras, Russia, the Dominican Republic, South Korea, Belize, Uruguay, Venezuela, Sri Lanka, and the People’s Republic of China.
The parade will be led by General Ricardo Trevilla Trejo, Chief of the Joint Staff of the National Defense.