All across Latin America in over two dozen countries the date around the middle of the month of September is Independence Day. It is the day indigenous and mestizo folk cast off the 300-year-long colonial yolk imposed by the Spaniards. In those three centuries the so-called conquistadores had murdered and enslaved whole populations, exploited the natives´natural resources and stolen their land. In México Independence Day is September 16th. In Honduras it is September 15th. In La Paz, Honduras, A 7-year-old resident of the Hogar San José named Celia was provided her cherished desire of marching in the Independence Day parade. Her sponsors, the Allison and Micheal Scott family of Lubbock, Texas donated the money to purchase the boots, new-sewn dress, baton and head ornament. She was sooo happy; the envy of the other 15 kids at the home for at-risk children. As tiny as she is, Celia was the belle of the ball, so to speak, for the other Hogar children who lined up to watch her moment of glory.
Celia´s Big Day
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