Puerto Vallarta Mayor Arturo Dávalos Peña, along with the leaders of the 41st Military Zone and the 8th Naval Zone, lead the ceremony 170th anniversary ceremony of the Niños Héroes of Chapultepec.
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The ceremony took place in the main square of the delegation El Pitillal, the event kicks off the ‘Fiestas Patrias 2017’ celebrations for Mexico’s Independence Day.
On September 13, 1847, six military cadets, led by their director, confronted the invading American army in adverse conditions during the Mexican-American War. “The scene of the historic battle was the Chapultepec Castle, where there was an unequal struggle for the defense of our country, leaving a show of heroism for posterity,” and in this glorious epic, shed their blood in defense of national territory and the sovereignty of the Mexican state, said Lieutenant Colonel of Infantry D.E.M. Luis Victoria Corte.
Mexican-American War, also called Mexican War, war between the United States and Mexico (April 1846–February 1848) stemming from the United States’ annexation of Texas in 1845 and from a dispute over whether Texas ended at the Nueces River (Mexican claim) or the Rio Grande (U.S. claim).
The Lieutenant Colonel said that these six cadets became part the national collective memory, inscribing their name with gold letters, and their feat was an example for future generations, and that the supreme goal of Mexicans should always be national sovereignty.
He added that different times are being lived today, and changes are taking place in the national and international context, and they demand the adoption of transformative attitudes to face the challenges of the present and the challenges of the future.
“We are a mature country that strives every day to realize its national interests; this effort is nourished by the values that were obtained from the historical struggles of our people for the achievement of the national objectives that are defined in: independence, freedom, social justice and democracy”.
The ceremony also included the participation of sixth graders from the Emiliano Zapata school, with the choral poetry ‘A Los Niños Héroes’, concluded with the placement of a wreath and a guard of honor in front of the erected columns in honor of the child heroes.