Mexico heroes' bones paraded

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Mexican soldiers on Sunday paraded the bones of the heroes of the country's Independence War down the capital's most famous street before scientists begin trying to solve a century-old mystery by identifying the bones.

"Thanks to them, Mexico exists," President Felipe Calderon said at a ceremony involving hundreds of soldiers, a 100-piece military band and watched by thousands of Mexicans.

Army cadets dressed in formal 19th-century style uniforms gingerly carried out the glass urns containing the remains of leaders of the war against Spain from the base of the towering Angel of Independence monument. The bones were then escorted down Paseo de la Reforma, accompanied by dozens of black horses with banded manes.

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