Battle of Chapultepec
Mexican War Memorial Statue **FUNDED**
Dedication: Sept. 13, 2017, 5:30 p.m.
The Mexican-American War played a critical role in defining the border between the two nations that remains in place today. In 1847, knowing that the capture of the Palacio Nacional would greatly disrupt the Mexican army, soldiers of the United States Marines Corps stormed an enemy castle just west of Mexico City.
On Sept. 13, 1847, after two days of battle, Marines gained control of Chapultepec Castle and raised the American flag over the palace to mark their victory. The opening lines of the Marine Hymn, “From the Halls of Montezuma…” memorialize the efforts of Marines in this battle and the subsequent occupation of Mexico City.
The project was funded in part by the cities of Bryan and College Station, Brazos County and other community partners. In recognition of funding completion, members of the the Brazos Valley Veterans Memorial board of directors and the Brazos Valley Marine Corps League hosted a groundbreaking of the Mexican War Memorial site on Nov. 10, 2016, the U.S. Marine Corps’ 241st birthday.
Created by artist J. Payne Lara, the life-size bronze statue will be dedicated in honor of all Marines at the Mexican War Memorial site of the Brazos Valley Veterans Memorial on the 170th anniversary of the Battle of Chapultepec. The event will feature special guest remarks from Gen. Michael W. Hagee. Hagee was the 33rd Commandant of the United States Marine Corps (2003–2006).
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The Memorial for all Veterans of the Brazos Valley, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our mission is to honor all veterans who have served in the uniformed services of the United States. The Brazos Valley Veterans Memorial grounds include 22 history panels and eight bronze statues within Veterans Park and Athletic Complex in College Station, Texas. The Memorial continues to be developed with generous support from the cities of Bryan and College Station, Brazos County, Arts Council of Brazos Valley, and numerous other individuals, corporations and organizations throughout the seven-county Brazos Valley region.