MEXICO: 100 Years After

In the villages and cities of Mexico, men & women gathered last week for memorial masses, speeches, toasts, parades, Mexicans were honoring their defenders against the U.S., which, just 100 years ago, invaded the country in the name of "manifest destiny." The highest tributes were reserved for Los Niñs Heroes—the five teen-age cadets and their instructor who (legend says) threw themselves over the cliff at Chapultepec Castle rather than surrender to General Winfield Scott's U.S. troops in the war's climactic battle.

Mexicans crowded Mexico City's cypress-shaded Chapultepec Park to mark the 100th anniversary of Los Niños Heroes. Even after...

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