After a fastfood chain lampoons one of the nation’s most cherished legends, Mexicans wonder whether if the past is still sacred

Every year, Mexicans pay solemn tribute to los Niños Heroes – six boy soldiers who disobeyed orders to retreat as enemy soldiers advanced during the country’s 1847 war with the US.

One of the boys, Juan Escutia, is said to have wrapped himself in the Mexican flag and thrown himself from the ramparts of the Chapultepec Castle to prevent the colours from falling into American hands.

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