A delegation of 75 members, including a captain, three officers and 71 cadets from Mexico’s naval school and military and air force colleges, will participate in the parade for the 70th Anniversary of the Global War Against Fascism on September 3 in Beijing.
It is the first time that a Mexican contingent takes part in China’s national military parade.
(Soundbite) JOSE CARLOS LUNA LOAEZA, Contingent Leader
“We are excited to go (to China). And we know the commitment that we have to represent Mexico. For us, it is an honor and a thrill that Mexico is invited to participate in the celebrations.”
Mexico also holds national military parade on May 5 each year to commemorate the Independence Day and the Battle of Puebla on May 5 at the Zokalo Square in central Mexico City.
Its honor guards are obliged to represent the country’s unity and dignity.
(Soundbite) MARIA FERNANDA BUTRON, Cadet
“Representing Mexico is completely an unforgettable experience. It’s something that I never thought would ever happen. Live and think every day is a beautiful and enjoyable experience.”
The Mexican delegation has been preparing rigorously since last week.
During the parade, the navy cadets will don their formal white, long-sleeved uniform, while the military and air college members will wear their distinctive black uniform.
(Soundbite) CESAR VALERIO CASARIN, Cadet
“I am very happy to be part of it, as a Mexican representing my country with my roots. We are going with a lot of momentum and marching forward.”
The participants were chosen upon their conduct record with a minimum height of 1.70 meters.
The cadets will not carry firearms during the parade but with ceremonial swords, while the officers will carry saber.