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City Officials Commemorate Battle of Chapultepec with Ceremony at Antigua Plaza de Armas


By Breyton Méndez

Last Friday, Mayor Luis Alberto Villlarreal García and local government officials held an event in the Antigua Plaza de Armas in commemoration of the one hundred and seventy second anniversary of the Battle of Chapultepec Castle, which immortalized the Niños Héroes, Juan Escutia, Juan de la Barrera, Francisco Márquez, Vicente Suárez, Agustín Melgar, and Fernando Montes de Oca.

The Battle of Chapultepec was a military attack on México City in September 1847 during the Mexican-American War. The Niños Heroes were teenaged military cadets of the Colegio Militar who died defending Chapultepec Castle.

For the ceremony, students and teachers of the Fray Pedro de Gante School paid honors to the Mexican flag, sang the Mexican national anthem, read the monthly calendar of events, and recited some poems connected to this historic date.

They performed a retelling of the events that occurred. City Council member Felipe Tapia directed this message to the audience.

“Of all the events of the entire campaign, the defense of Chapultepec Castle concentrated the warrior courage of the Mexicans charged with service to the homeland,” he declared. “In that act of resistance, the students of the Military Academy gave an example of love and service to their country. The death of six of them is part of our historical legacy that reminds us of an exemplary action marked by honor and glory. San Miguel de Allende has history, pride in its past, knowledge of our present, and optimism for our future. We are a people who have overcome adversities, and we do not want the spilled blood and lost lives of valiant men and women to be forgotten.”


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