Friday, September 13, 2013

Mexico remembers The Six Heroic Cadets, 166 years later

MGR video report -
Ejército mexicano parades on Chapultepec avenue

Mexican Independence Day festivities began this morning in Guadalajara, just as they did in hundreds of cities, towns and hamlets across the nation. They will run through the weekend.

Monday, Sept. 16 officially marks the Republic's 203rd birthday.

But today, Sept. 13, marked the 166th anniversary of the Battle of Chapultepec during the Mexican-American War of 1846-1848. Although it was a day of significant military defeat for Mexican forces, the battle is nonetheless a source of great national pride because of the brave sacrifices of a few. Six young Mexican army cadets, aged 13-19, gave their lives in defense of their county during the battle, and every Sept. 13 Mexico proudly honors Los Niños Héroes - the Boy Heroes of the war.

Historical revisionists sometimes minimize the conflict as a minor "incursion" or "military expedition," but today's main speaker emphasized that it was an "invasion by the United States, which sought to occupy Mexico and control the policies of its government."

Local units of the ejército mexicano (Mexican army) paraded today at Guadalajara's Monument to the Boy Cadets, along aptly named Avenida Chapultepec. Highlights of the annual event are in the clip.

Sept. 16 - A wet Guadalajara celebrates Mexican independence
Nov. 18 - Revolution Day brings out everybody in Guadalajara

Feb. 1, 2013 - Thank God for the Mexican army
Aug. 10, 2012 - Mexican Supreme Court strips military courts of some criminal jurisdiction

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