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[VIDEO] Parents Break Down In Tears Over How Their Daughter Is Honoring Them At Her College Graduation

Vivian Felix is getting ready to graduate from college and, like most college grads, wants to give thanks to her parents. The California State University of Los Angeles (Cal. State LA) graduate decided that the best way to honor her parents was to make sure they crossed the stage with her in her own unique way. Grab the tissues because we have some immigrant parents crying at the reveal.

Vivian Felix is giving her immigrant parents the love and respect they deserve at her graduation.

According to Felix, her parents sacrificed so much for her to be able to grow up and go to college in the U.S. Now that she is graduating and fulfilling their dreams, she wanted to give them their own chance to shine during her graduation.

She did this by decorating her graduation sash with mementos that represent her heritage and family history.

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Felix’s graduation sash includes the Mexican flag and a little bit of the serape that is synonymous with Mexico and Mexican culture. Her parents are immigrants and make the same journey north that so many families make to seek out a better life.

“Both my parents are from Mexico,” Felix says. “My mom is from Michoacan and my dad is from Durango.”

She even included their names on her sash and that’s when the emotions really hit their peak.

“I wanted my parent’s names on something of mine to walk that stage with me,” Felix recalls about her getting ready for graduation. “When I heard we could customize my graduation sash, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to honor them this way.”

She even made sure to give them more love on her graduation cap.

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“They had no idea I was doing this,” Felix admits. “I added my parent’s name because it’s the least I can do for all their struggles and efforts they’ve gone through for me and my brother.”

The tweet is bringing people to tears.

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Honestly, who doesn’t cry when they see parents crying? There is something so heartfelt and tender when you see a Latino dad start to cry. We all know that they are truly sensitive people and have a lot of emotions but don’t like to show them. The only times they cry are when it involves their kids and it is one of the sweetest displays of love.

It’s obvious that her parents are very proud of her and her accomplishments.

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“I would tell my parents, ‘Thank you,'” Felix says. “I hope they know that me going to school and graduating is for them, and to know that their sacrifices mean something.”

She has a special message for the children of immigrants who are pursuing their dreams.

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“We only have this privilege and opportunity because of them,” Felix says. “Their lives were much different than ours at this age, so the fact that they made this sacrifice solely for us is something that should be honored daily.”

You can check out the full video and the tears from Felix’s parents below.

“My parents have seen the tweet, but they are only on facebook (el face),” Felix says. “They don’t really know how twitter works, but they are glad it is getting a lot of attention, and they hope it inspires others to honor their parents.”

Spoken like true Latino parents. Congratulations, Vivian!

READ: This Afro-Latina Has Gone Viral After Dedicating This Over-The-Top Graduation Photoshoot To Her Culture

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Viva Mexico Is Trending On Twitter Proving That Mexico Is More Than Just A Country

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Viva Mexico Is Trending On Twitter Proving That Mexico Is More Than Just A Country

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It is Mexico’s Independence Day and that means that Mexicans around the world are honoring their roots. Twitter is buzzing with people who might not be in Mexico but they will forever have Mexico in their hearts. Here are just a few of the loving messages from people who are Mexican through and through.

Viva Mexico is trending on social media and the tweets are filled with love and passion for the country.

Mexico received its independence from Spain on September 16, 1810 and since then the day has been marked with celebration. The day is marked with parties of pride and culture no matter where you are in the world.

Mexicans everywhere are letting their Mexican flag fly.

Tbh, who doesn’t want to be Mexican to enjoy the day of puro pinche pride? The celebration for Mexican Independence Day starts on Sept. 15 with El Grito. The tradition is that the president of Mexico stands on the balcony on Sept. 15 at 11 p.m. and rings the same church bell that Roman Catholic priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla rang in 1810 to trigger the Mexican Revolution.

People are loving all of the celebrations for their homeland.

The original El Grito took place in Dolores Hidalgo, Guanajuato in 1810. While most El Grito celebrations take place at the National Palace, some presidents, especially on their last year, celebrate El Grito in the town where it originated.

Honestly, no one celebrates their independence day like Mexico and we love them for it.

¡Viva Mexico! Mexico lindo y querido. How are you celebrating the Mexican Independence Day this year? Show us what you have planned.

READ: Many Mexicans Are Calling Out Fragile Masculinity As Some Continue To Protest A Controversial Zapata Painting

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Volunteer Firefighters From Mexico Went to Oregon to Help Their “Sister City” Contain the Unprecedented Fires

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Volunteer Firefighters From Mexico Went to Oregon to Help Their “Sister City” Contain the Unprecedented Fires

Just when you thought humanity has failed us, someone steps up and shows the world that the generosity of the human spirit is alive and well. 

Last week, a post on Reddit went viral of a group of volunteer firefighters from Guanajuato, Mexico who traveled to the city of Ashland, Oregon to help fight the wildfires that are blazing across the western state.

The fire department is called Heroico Cuerpo de Bomberos Voluntarios, the Heroic Volunteer Fire Department, in English.

The two towns have had a “sister city” relationship for over 50 years. Sister-city relationships are meant to “promote peace and understanding through exchanges that focus on arts and culture, youth and education, business and trade, and community development”.

The internet swiftly erupted into comments praising the volunteer firefighters for their bravery and comradery. “Mexico also sent relief during Katrina. Mexico and Canada are our best allies, always there for us regardless of the politics,” one commenter said. Another chimed in: “Welcome to Oregon, amigos. Mantenga una bota en el quemado.”

The troop of men who traveled from Mexico to the United States were identified as Captain Aldo Iván Ruiz, Captain Juan Armando Alvarez Villegas, Sargent Jorge Luis Anguiano Jasso, Sargent Luis Alfonso Campos Martínez and Miguel Ángel Hernández Lara. They were accompanied by the mayor of Guanajuato, Alejandro Navarro.

“We began the relief work,” Navarro wrote on Twitter. “Very moved by the terrible impact of the fire on families and their homes.”

The Oregon wildfires are just one of the many that are blazing down the West Coast of the United States, taking people’s homes, land, and sometimes, their lives. In more than 1 million acres have burned and two dozen fires are still raging.

“Almost every year since becoming governor, I’ve witnessed historic fire seasons,” Oregon Governor Kate Brown recently said at a press conference. “Yet this is proving to be an unprecedented and significant fire event for our state.”

Experts are hypothesizing that these unprecedented fires are further evidence of the toll man-made climate change is having on the environment. 

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“I can’t think of any time over the last 100 years where we’ve had serial fire outbreaks, four years running,” said fire historian Stephen Pyne to the Washington Post. “That I can find no record of happening before,” he added. “That is the big switch; that is the phase change.”

Regardless of what has caused the fires, the bravery of these firefighters is worth commendable. Their actions are further proof that borders cannot contain the universal values of kindness, altruism, and brotherhood.

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