12 May 2012

School Open House

Recently, I had the honor to be invited to an elementary school open house and program at Escuela de los Niños Héroes--School of the Boy Heroes--here in San Miguel.

The program was put on in the school gymnasium, which is in the open air.

The young lady in the white dress, Yvón, is the one who invited me. She is pictured here with some classmates.

Yvón's best friend is painfully shy.

Yvón's sister, Lucia on the left, is here with her pal, Sylvia . . .

. . . who would like you to see her glitter, which you can if you click on this photo to enlarge it.

When all was said and done, refreshments were served by the parents . . .

. . . and a good time was had by all.

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Regarding the name, School of the Boy Heroes. This is a reference to a famous incident in Mexican history. On 13 September 1847 during the Mexican-American War, American troops under General Winfield Scott laid seige to Chapultepec Castle during the battle for Mexico City. Chapultepec Castle at that time housed the Mexican Military Academy. A small contingent of regular Mexican troops along with upwards of 100 young military cadets defended the castle for two hours. Then the order was given to abandon it, the defenders being greatly outnumbered.

Six cadets ranging in age from 13 to 19 refused to leave. They stayed and fought the Americans to the death. The last of them, Juan Escutia, wrapped himself in the Mexican flag and leaped to his death from the roof of the castle to prevent the capture of the flag by the Americans.  

The youngest, Cadet Francisco Marquez, age 13.

A lithograph of a contemporary water color of Chapultepec Castle done by an American soldier. The American flag, soon to have more stars added, flies over it.

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