Supervisor Andrew Do and Mexican Consulate Celebrate Mexican Independence Day

Orange County Supervisor Andrew Do in partnership with the Mexican Consulate celebrated Mexican Independence Day by adding a plaque to the Miguel Hidalgo statue at Mile Square Park, one year after the statue’s unveiling. 

The 27” x 30” plaque features Miguel Hidalgo’s name and the story of how he first inspired the people of Mexico to rise up in arms against oppressive Spanish colonial rule. On September 16, 1810, Hidalgo called for revolution against the Spanish and led the movement alongside his followers and rebellious army. That date was later known as Mexico’s Independence Day. Hidalgo is considered a hero in Mexican culture for leading the revolution. This likeness of Miguel Hidalgo is a testament to the strong Mexican culture we have here in Orange County. 

The statue was originally donated to the County of Orange by the Government of the State of Guanajuato and its Governor Miguel Marquez. The artist, J. Arturo Tavarez, created the statue in Mexico and drove it to Orange County himself in a flatbed truck. 

“This statue celebrates our diversity in Orange County while showcasing our shared values of freedom, independence, and democracy,” said Supervisor Andrew Do. 

The event included distinguished guests such as Consul of Mexico Mario Cuevas, Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, and Fountain Valley Mayor John Collins. Consul Cuevas and Congressman Rohrabacher spoke, along with Supervisor Do, on themes of diversity, unity, and the fight for freedom. 

“It’s important to pay homage to heroes that represent who we are as a community,” said Supervisor Do. “Father Miguel Hidalgo highlights the contributions of Mexican-Americans in Orange County and symbolizes the fight for freedom against the forces of tyranny." 

Miguel Hidalgo’s is one of three statues currently displayed at Mile Square Park to embody the value of freedom and the spirit of independence. The two other leaders featured are General Trần Hưng Đạo and President Ronald Reagan. All three statues serve to celebrate freedom and those who fought bravely to preserve it.