• Through their courageous, tenacious action, they taught us that we should not give up in the face of the challenges that arise and that we should meet them firmly and decisively: Cadet Emmanuel Torres Camacho.

President Enrique Peña Nieto today hosted the ceremony commemorating the 169th anniversary of the Heroic Deed of the Boy Heroes of Chapultepec, at which he presented six swords to six cadets of the Heroic Military College as a symbol of distinction, responsibility and commitment in the exercise of command.

in the forecourt of the Altar to the Fatherland, the president read the Honor Roll of students at the Heroic Military College: Lieutenant Juan de la Barrera and Cadets Juan Escutia, Agustin Melgar, Vicente Suárez, Fernando Montes de Oca and Francisco Márquez as well as  Lieutenant José Azueta and Cadet Virgilio Uribe from the Heroic Military Naval School.

A company of cadets from the Heroic Military College fired a salvo in their memory.

On behalf of the students of the Heroic Military College, Cadet Emmanuel Torres Camacho delivered a speech, declaring that through their courageous and tenacious action, the Boy Heroes of Chapultepec, “Taught us that we should not give up in the fact of the challenges that arise, “And that we should meet them firmly and decisively”.

He expressed the commitment of youth in the military to continue training to keep abreast of current requirements. "We will remain custodians of that legacy of loyalty left to us by the Boy Heroes of Chapultepec. Loyalty with honor, which is instilled and practiced in our schools in order to be the guarantors of national integrity, independence and sovereignty”.

He urged cadets to advance along the path of success and achievement, and called for, “Education to be our best tool for developing the skills and capabilities that will allow us to meet tomorrow’s challenges”.

At the event, the president laid a wreath and mounted a guard of honor at the Altar to the Fatherland, accompanied by representatives of the legislative and judicial branches of government and Cabinet members.

The ceremony was also attended by members of the diplomatic corps accredited in Mexico.