Mexico's Military Academy
was based at Chapultepec Castle
This small group of patriots insisted in lighting the flame of patriotism and national conscience in the heart of the
Mexican people. The movement grew with time until, after 24 years of tenacious and persistent
lobbying, they achieved success when President Benito Juárez recognized them as an Association on
September 8, 1871 and issued a proclamation to observe the first public tribute to the
heroism of Chapultepec's cadets on September 13th of the said year, availing with his presence that ceremony,
which gave birth to Mexico's official history "Niños Heroes" as they were known nationwide.
FOUNDERS OF THE ASSOCIATION OF THE MILITARY COLLEGE
Left to right: José T. Cuéllar, Antonio Solá, Fernando Poucel, Ignacio Molina, Cástulo García, Esteban Zamora, Vicente Herrera, Santiago Hernández, Ignacio Burgoa.
Nine of the men who founded the Association had been cadets of Mexico's Military Academy, and their names were recorded in the founding titles that lay in
the Association's Archives. They are remembered monthly at the meetings held by the fellow associates who respectfully ratify, in chorus, their presence while hearing their names.
of the Military College, which bears from the tradition of that glorious institution and is the reason of its
existence, celebrates proudly each year the anniversary of its establishment.
It is regarded as one of the oldest civic-patriotic associations in the country, because it has survived social movements and the 1910 Revolution.
The primary purpose of the Association is to transmit, defend and support as heirs of this
tradition, the historical truth, and to perpetuate the memory of the events that made Chapultepec the
preeminent symbol of national defense in Mexico. It has been that noble goal what has preserved and
nurtured this Association.
On April 4, 1952, the Association was
chartered as a civil organization of undefined continuance with civic-patriotic, cultural, social and recreational objectives.
The Honor Roll of those who defended Chapultepec Castle can be accessed here.