Niños Héroes #1: Introduction

In 1984, I visited the monument to Los Niños Héroes (The Children Heroes). The six towers stood guard below the castle atop Grasshopper Hill in Mexico City’s beautiful Chapultepec Park. At their base, a small plaque read in Spanish, “To the memory of the young cadets who here gave their lives, defending their homeland from the invader.”

After reading it amid a large crowd of tourists, I turned to the fellow next to me and asked, “Who were the invaders?”

He looked back at me in astonishment. Others walked away shaking their heads.