The special flight of the Mexican Air Force, that coming from New York repatria 250 urns with ashes of Mexicans who died from COVID-19 In the United States, it has arrived this Saturday night in Mexico City.
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Mexicans are found in the polls who at some point decided to travel to the American dream. Dreams that turned to ashes. The Covid 19 ended them and the illusion of their families.
For the transfer of the polls the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE) coordinated with the Consulate General of Mexico in New York and with the governments of different Mexican states.
“Connacionales that most of them died alone and isolated as a result of the fulfillment of their duty and their work to support their families both in the United States and in Mexico, but, nevertheless, it is a day that will give us peace and haven to all because they come to their homeland to finally rest, to rest in peace and to return to their homeland, ”said Jorge Islas, Consul of Mexico in New York.
Since the pandemic began, more than 1,500 Mexicans have died in the United States of America from COVID-19.
This saturday, New York City said goodbye to the remains of 250 “heroes” Mexicans who died in the city cause of coronavirus with a heartfelt ceremony held at the Cathedral of Saint Patrick before being transferred to his country, in which it represents the largest repatriation in its history.
“Thanks to these 250 heroes, who are known as ‘frontliners’ (front-line workers), this city continued to function,” stressed the Mexican consul in New York, Jorge Islas Lopez, who traveled with the ballot boxes to Mexico.
“They were workers who were in the front line of defense (…), whether it was preparing food in restaurant kitchens, working in construction, cleaning hospitals … They were invisible and anonymous heroes who allowed all New Yorkers to stay at home And that cost us a lot, it cost us lives, “he said.
The brief ceremony, officiated in Spanish by the Cardinal of the Archdiocese of New York, Timothy Dolan, was attended by a hundred family members who, visibly saddened and dressed in masks and gloves, prayed in front of the 250 urns containing the ashes of the victims. of the pandemic, located on the majestic altar of the church and covered with a white cloth.
After the condolences transmitted by Dolan, who repeatedly stressed the importance of the Mexican community in New York and the example of faith given, the archbishop wanted to send his condolences to the relatives who will receive the remains in Mexico.
In the coming days, more flights will continue to arrive in our country to repatriate the compatriots who lost their lives.
“It is the way of Mexico to thank for what they contribute, how much our migrants from Mexico contribute from abroad and, of course, in addition to giving their families the consolation of being able to say goodbye to them on their land,” reiterated Roberto Velasco. , Director General for North America, of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
At the end of the tribute, the 245 urns began to be transferred to Baja California, Campeche, Chiapas, Mexico City, Guanajuato, Guerrero, Hidalgo, Jalisco, Morelos, Oaxaca, Puebla, Tlaxcala and Veracruz, to be delivered to their relatives, whose State governments will facilitate the transfer of the ballot boxes to their final destination.
With information from Bogdan Castillo and EFE