Niños Heroes...


Today, all of Mexico celebrated Los Niños Heroes and my small town wasn't the exception. (Read more about Los Niños Heroes on Wikipedia.)

Hubby and I decided that since all four kiddies were in school, we would attend the commemoration being held in honor of Los Niños Heroes. The escoltas (honor rolls) from each of the schools were in attendance, along with a large number of students, teachers and townsfolk.




We were pleasantly surprised to find ourselves standing behind our favorite kindergartner.





Also in attendance were local and federal government officials.




The town's very own Jose Luis Iñiguez Gamez, also our Diputado Federal (Congressman), delivered a heartfelt speech about the children of today being the future heroes of Mexico.




Ofrendas (offerings) of flowers were then presented to the Niños Heroes by the children.



To end the ceremony, one of the speakers began calling out the names of each of the Niños Heroes, to which the crowd responded, "Murio por la patria!" (He died for his country!)

"Juan Escutia."
"Murio por la patria!"

"Juan de la Barrera."
"Murio por la patria!"

"Agustin Melgar."
"Murio por la patria!"

"Francisco Marquez."
"Murio por la patria!"

"Fernando Montes de Oca."
"Murio por la patria!"

"Vicente Suarez."
"Murio por la patria!"

"El Himno del Heroico Colegio Militar."
"Murio por la patria!"

Oops! The kindergartners got a little carried away with that last one, which was actually an introduction of the hymn of the Heroic Military College. But it provided us all with a hearty laugh and the kiddies did get free popsicles.




11 comments

  1. Completely off topic, how in the heck do they all wear long sleeves?? I go down and I'm sweating my booty off while all the native folks are walking around in sweaters and long sleeves! It really makes me stick out in my tank top and capris, lol.

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  2. Nice post. It is a good example of just how cynical American children have become over their own national myths. I find it hard to believe that they would have particpated with such enthusiasm.

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  3. Great post!

    You know what I am most impressed with? Every time I ask my hubby - what is this day? What is that day?? What is it's significance is what I mean...He always knows the answer! I know this is VERY common here in Mexico. Mexicans really are aware of their heritage...also, quite educated on others...Canada, USA, Britain.

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  4. Super cute about the kindergartners group!

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  5. Leslie,
    This is very nice. Ceremonies like this with the kids is what life in Mexico is all about. It is the "patina" of daily life. Thank you.

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  6. Sorry to hear about the Heroic Military College haha

    Glad the kids got to hear about their history!

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  7. KRYSTAL: After you've lived here for a couple of years, you'll be freezing when the temps dip below 85! :)

    STEVE: Jack was very excited when he came home from kindergarten yesterday. All he talked about was Los Niños Heroes.

    OMT: I KNOW!!! Hubby, his brothers and my suegro are always quizzing the kiddies about history.

    BOB: Thank you! :)

    GRINGATION: We were still laughing about it this morning.

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  8. "El Himno del Heroico Colegio Militar."
    "Murio por la patria!"

    Hahaha!! LOL!! Really funny.

    Hey, happy independence day!

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  9. This is interesting. In Finland, where I'm from, we don't have this type of day.
    Children are always our hope for better world...

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  10. I lived just a short time in Mexico. But I do recall the preoccupation with death. Think of it. Even on a day in honor of children, the people are chanting about death and martyrs. 

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  11. Your little town looks so beautiful.  What wonderful pictures and what a handsome little man.  I really enjoyed this post.

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