MEXICO CITY (AP) - Spain has returned to Mexico two 19th century
flags carried by Mexican independence war heroes.
Mexican President Felipe Calderon presented the flags in a
military ceremony Monday and said they were the first patriotic
symbols the country had.
One of the flags has the Virgin of Guadalupe, Mexico's patron
saint and the symbol used by Miguel Hidalgo, a priest who launched
the 1810 revolt against Spanish rule.
The other shows Saint Gabriel.
Calderon says the flags were ordered made by independence hero
Ignacio Allende and were taken to Spain after being captured by
Spanish troops in 1811.
Calderon says getting the flags back will help Mexicans
celebrate the 200th anniversary of the beginning of the war of
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