One of the most symbolic and iconic spots in Chetumal is without a doubt the Flag Promenade, where the flags monument and incredible obelisk with a clock in each of its four sides is located.
The monument is located in a privileged spot because it has the Bay at its back, which allows for a wonderful picture of the city. The Flag Monument is made up of the grand obelisk and on the lower half a pair of golden eagles on either side of a pedestal which holds a sculpture reminiscent of the countries defence. The Obelisk was inaugurated on the 24 of February 1943 by the then President, Manuel Avila Camacho and the Governor of State, Gabriel R. Guevara.
During one of the remodels to which it has been subjected, on three of its sides the names of men that stood out through three different historical eras; The Independence, the Reform, and the Mexican Social Revolution, were placed. On the northern facet there are ten names among which are: Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, Jose Marie Morelos y Pavon, Ignacio Allende, Ignacio Aldama, Nicolas Bravo, Mariano Matamoros, Hermenegildo Galeana, Ignacio Lopez Rayon, Vicente Guerrero and Andres Quintana Roo.
On the western facet are the names of the Reform Heroes of 1857: Benito Juarez, Melchor Ocampo, Sebastian Lerdo de Tejada, Francisco Zarco, Guillermo Prieto, Ignacio Ramirez and Ponciano Arraiga. On the eastern facet, the leaders of the Revolution of 1910: Francisco I Madero, Jose Maria Pino Suarez (this name was erased by the wind but has now been repaired), Aquiles Serdan, Venustiano Carranza, Belisario Dominguez, Serapio Rendon, Filomeno Mata, Emiliano Zapata and Ricardo Flores Magon.
For decades this has been the cities stronghold, representing the countries defence. In fact, according to information found, until 1955 the national flag was flown in the promenade, while the obelisks clock was used to guide the way on dark and stormy nights for mariners. The Flags Monument has remained stoic, standing tall during natures fury and the whiplash of the zones hurricanes such as hurricane “Janet” in 1955 and hurricane “Carmen” in 1974 and “Dean” in 2007.
The Flags promenade and its monument are a legacy to this city and in actuality are visited daily by families because of its spacious tranquility in which a wide array of healthy activities are offered to the cities inhabitants.