· The Secretary of National Defense was the official speaker at the
ceremony marking the 103rd anniversary of the March of Loyalty, led by
President Enrique Peña Nieto.
· The Mexico of today could not be understood without the loyalty of its
soldiers framed by honor, he said.
President Enrique Peña Nieto led the commemoration of the 103rd
anniversary of the March of Loyalty, undertaken by the Heroic Military College
cadets who escorted President Francisco I. Madero on his journey from
Chapultepec Castle to the National Palace on February 9, 1913.
In the main courtyard of Chapultepec Castle, the president read out the
Honor Roll of the six members of the Heroic Military College who, in 1847, died
defending Chapultepec Castle, where the Military College was located: Lieutenant Juan de la Barrera and Cadets Juan Escutia,
Francisco Márquez, Agustín Melgar, Fernando Montes de Oca and Vicente Suárez,
as well as students of the Naval Academy who died defending the Port of
Veracruz in 1814 : Lieutenant
José Azueta and Cadet Virgilio Uribe.
General Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda, Secretary of Defense, official
speaker at the ceremony, said: "Today Mexico has national institutions
that safeguard the weapons with which society has entrusted it, whose main
asset, of course, is their loyalty to honor.”
Addressing cabinet members, generals and admirals, the Secretary of National
Defense said: “The men and women of arms on land, sea and air, as
happened more over a century in this castle, confirm our unconditional loyalty
and our loyalty to our honor to the people of Mexico and its institutions.
After expressing his appreciation and admiration of “All those exemplary
Mexicans who have given their lives for Mexico,” the Secretary of National
Defense said that, “Mexico today cannot be understood without the loyalty of
its soldiers framed in honor.”
Afterwards, the Heroic Military College Band and the Secretariat of
National Defense Choir played the "Heroic Military College" March and cadets Carlos Terrones Mendoza,
Mariel Betzaida Santamaría Martínez, Daniel Pérez López, and Amairani Ramirez
Juarez recited the poem “You Have a College.”
At the event, during which a volley of rifles was fired, these cadets were
presented with awards by President Peña Nieto.