Students all across the country join in the celebration of independence by marching, school by school; class level by class level. They are joined by representatives of the military, the men and women charged with protecting this independence. Regardless of recent troubles, Nicaraguans join together to celebrate who they are.
And the best students - the brightest students - lead their classmates in the parade. Hard work and superlative achievement is rewarded...and Jose, whom I've known since he was seven years old, was at the head of his class, at the head of his school's part of the parade that fills many of the streets in Bluefields.
Congratulations Jose! You earned your place in the lead. We are so very proud of you.
Jose sent this message with the pictures: