Monumento a Los Niños Héroes

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Lonely Planet review

The six marble columns marking the eastern entrance to the park commemorate the ‘boy heroes,’ six brave cadets who perished in battle. On September 13, 1847, some 8000 US troops stormed Chapultepec Castle, which then housed the national military academy. Mexican General Santa Anna retreated before the onslaught, but the youths, aged 13 to 20, chose to defend the castle. Legend has it that one of them, Juan Escutia, wrapped himself in a Mexican flag and leapt to his death rather than surrender.