We never know what to expect at 8:00 a.m. on Monday mornings in front of the Municipal Palace in San Jose del Cabo where we go for the weekly patriotic ceremony, which is held in the plaza in front of the Municipal Palace (main building of our municipal government).
We were recently in for an extra special surprise since it honored our security forces in the area, along with our dear friend, Captain Juan Jose Zamorano, who is the head of all security in the area. He is a man of great character, and the Municipality of Los Cabos is blessed to have him here. As a ministry, we have promised to pray for the continuation of Captain Zamorano’s assignment to the Municipality of Los Cabos, for his safety and that of his family, along with exceptional blessing and well-being. We invite you to join us in praying for Captain Zamorano. As you look at the photos, he is the gentlemen receiving the symbolic ‘large key’ to nine new police trucks and two new police motorcycles. The lovely lady handing him the key is “la Presidente” (mayor) Armida Castro.
This day is always one of our favorite days at the Patriotic Ceremony. Several schools are always given the honor of participating and the flag corps and the drum and bugle corps arrives in full parade dress. It is a sight to behold! Patriotism is a wonderful thing! This particular year was special because−as far as we could tell−the participants appeared to be university age, which is a grade level we had never seen participate in the annual ceremony before. Los Cabos actually has several universities (which is the word translated for what we would call colleges; the Spanish version of ‘college’ is usually just attached to a trade or specialty school).
The annual ceremony also includes certificates of merit for a handful of outstanding students. Pride just radiates from each of them. Mexico is excellent at giving honor to whom honor is due.
Women’s Awareness Month is always a special event at the Patriotic Ceremony, as well. One of the biggest highlights this year was a large, very impressive, traveling display; giving a pictorial account of the evolution of the rights of women in Mexico. The reason I’m sharing this with you is because I love antique photos that show the history of an area. These particular photos are not from the Los Cabos area, but they do show a part of Mexico’s past that we had never seen. I did try to include the date and explanation in Spanish for most of the photos. You may not be able to read the captions but the date of caption will help you put things into perspective.
An awareness of the physical and sexual abuse of women in Mexico is also highlighted every year. This is definitely a problem in the United States as well, but in many parts of Mexico, such activity is considered an unspoken right of the men in the home. Captain Zamorano once told us that the largest demand on law enforcement in Los Cabos is domestic violence, and from the Mexico Daily News on the mainland of Mexico, there are still areas that embrace horrific practices with their women and children. We have no idea of how blessed we have been in the United States because of our godly foundation and biblical beginnings.