Mexican Independence Day is right here: How September 16 indicates a 'moment of hope' for Mexico

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 Sept. 16 marks the day when Miguel Hidalgo called for independence from Spain in 1810.

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 Mexico's fight for independence was different than the United States' Revolutionary War.

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 Mexican Independence Day often gets overshadowed or confused with Cinco de Mayo.

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For some, Sept. 16 may just be another day in the United States, but across the border, it signifies one of the most important days in Mexico's history.

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The day commemorates when Catholic priest Miguel Hidalgo in 1810 made the cry for independence hours after midnight by giving a riveting speech in the town of Dolores

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The moment, which became known as the "Grito de Dolores," was the start of the 11-year Mexican War of Independence that resulted in Mexico gaining freedom from Spain after being under colonial rule for over 300 years.

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Those unfamiliar with the holiday may see comparisons to the U.S. Declaration of Independence.

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