President Enrique Peña Nieto led the ceremony commemorating the 103rd anniversary of the March of Loyalty to recall the epic deed of the cadets of the Heroic Military College.

The “March of Loyalty” refers to an episode that took place on February 9, 1913, when Military Academy cadets accompanied President Francisco I. Madero in a Column of Honor as he advanced towards the National Palace, which had been taken in the midst of a coup begun on the morning of the same day.

The ceremony was held in the Main Courtyard of Chapultepec Castle, where General Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda, Secretary of National Defense, declared:

“Today, we have gathered here to commemorate one of these iconic episodes, the most exemplary and crucial one for the nascent Mexican democracy at the dawn of the last century, which helped shape the future of the nation, as we know it today.

This brave deed led to the ideological, ethical and moral thinking of all military men: institutional loyalty, a supreme value that charts the course of military vocation and philosophy.”

He noted that Mexico now has institutions to protect the national weapons with which society has entrusted it, whose greatest asset is undoubtedly their loyalty to honor.

He emphasized that, “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 with honor to the people of Mexico and its institutions. Without reservation, without deviations and without hesitation.

“Irrevocable and unswerving, absolute and unalterable loyalty. This loyalty is annually confirmed by young Mexicans who take up the profession of arms, such as those attending this ceremony today.”