• Short Summary

    Mexican President Adolfo Lopez Mateos, high-ranking Government officials, and a crowd of 100,000, watched as 40,000 eighteen-year-old recruits assembled in Zocalo Square, Mexico, May 5, to take the oath of allegiance before being inducted into Mexico's "Army of Peace", for one year of compulsory military service.

  • Description

    Mexican President Adolfo Lopez Mateos, high-ranking Government officials, and a crowd of 100,000, watched as 40,000 eighteen-year-old recruits assembled in Zocalo Square, Mexico, May 5, to take the oath of allegiance before being inducted into Mexico's "Army of Peace", for one year of compulsory military service.

    An historic background to the ceremony was provided by the ancient National Cathedral as President Mateos raised the Mexican tri-colour of green, white and red over the square, and the oath was taken by the young soldiers in a resounding chorus.

    The new draftees - selected by lottery - part of Mexico's civilian army of 200,000, required by Mexican law to register for a year of military service. Those not chosen by lottery do military training every Sunday for one year.

    May 5 is the anniversary of the defeat of the French Army at Puebla by a smaller Mexican force in 1862. This defeat of the French toward Napoleon's plans to conquer Mexico and aided American Confederate troops in their battle against Union forces.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA88DR7XUBDJGAB2K6AKF5MSX4I
    Media URN:
    VLVA88DR7XUBDJGAB2K6AKF5MSX4I
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/05/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:17:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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