Honoring Our Ancestors

Introduction | Roll of Honor | Mexico City National Cemetery | Monuments & Memorials in the U.S.
Obtaining Grave Markers | DMWV Graves Registry


Here is what the American soldiers who fought in the War with Mexico achieved by their victories:

  • The Mexican government's acceptance of the right of an independent Republic of Texas to join the United States
  • Established the Rio Grande as the southernmost boundary of Texas
  • Added to the United States the territory that makes up the present-day states of California, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, and parts of Utah and Colorado.

Yet they have no national monument and to this very day, nearly 11,000 U.S. servicemen still lie buried in forgotten, neglected graves all over Mexico (as well as parts of the American Southwest). Only a few individual states and organizations have erected monuments or memorials to their memory.

One of the purposes of the Descendants of Mexican War Veterans is to try to correct this shameful oversight by erecting monuments and memorials honoring the "Heroes of '46." In this section of our website, you can learn what has already been done and just as importantly, what YOU can do to memorialize your own veteran ancestor.

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