Patriots of the Nation

Not as widely known Colon also had its martyrs.

We insist that the youngsters who were martyred on January 9, 1964 were not delinquents, nor rabble rousers nor vagabonds as many would have the world believe in an effort to blot out their memory.

The brave young institutores, both girls and boys, and other innocent victims were unarmed Panamanian citizens and patriots who were expressing their deepest nationalist sentiments.  In honor of their great sacrifice we are posting a beautiful memorial in the form of a poem by Samuel Prado Franco.  For those of you who know no Spanish please feel free to use the translator on the sidebar.

Poesía-Homenaje a los Mártires del 9 de Enero de 1964.

Ascanio Arosemena Vigía de la Nacionalidad.

Por: Samuel Prado Franco

 

Ascanio Vigía de la Nacionalidad

hoy no vengo a colocar una flor sobre tu tumba

sino una corona que retumba

en el corazón dolido

de la patria

por que tu nombre y tu memoria se manchan

con robos y codicias

ni los días de lucha fraternos

en que un gringo asesino

perforo tu pecho lleno de sueños, flores y amores

cada pétalo de amarga rabia

por ver la bandera imperial o­ndeando

en la entraña de la patria herida

 

Ascanio Vigía de la Realidad

tu nombre no quedará en la fría entrada

de centros de capacitaciones

sino en las caras idealistas

de institutores y estudiantes luchadores

grabada con la tinta sangre mártir

que no se borra con el tiempo

 

ahí esta el Templo del Saber de Morales, Pereira y Moscote

desafiante frente a los vendidos y represores

y en sus aulas se respira y mezcla

la voz de Floyd y Ascanio

esperando que las esfinges con sus labios de bronce

la palabra luchemos dirán

con el corazón puro de Ascanio

con el pecho rebelde y patriota

de ser Vigía de la Nacionalidad.

 

In addition, we wanted to list the names of these individuals and nacional heroes in keeping with our profound belief in the power of the Word and, above all, the power in names.

Maritza Ávila Alabarca (una niña inocente víctima), Ascanio Arosemena, Luis Bonilla, José Del Cid Cobos, Teófilo Belisario De La Torre, Gonzalo A. France, Víctor M. Garibaldo, José Enrique Gil, Ezequiel Meneses González, Víctor M. Iglesias, Rosa Elena Landecho, Carlos Renato Lara, Evilio Lara, Gustavo Lara, Ricardo Murgas Villamonte, Alberto Nichols Constance, Estanislao Orobio W., Jacinto Palacios Cobos, Ovidio L. Saldaña, Rodolfo Sanchez Benítez, Alberto Oriol Tejada y Celestino Villareta.

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One Response to Patriots of the Nation

  1. I watched the video and listened to the Decima by Pille Collado and felt very sad, but proud at the same time.
    Panama’s young was so responsible and patriotic in those days to take the Panamanian flag and izar it very high, where it rightfully belonged.

    Only cowards would gunned down people who are doing the right thing.
    Yes, my beloved Colon has her heroes too.
    Todos sabemos que Colon es una ciudad rebelde.
    Coloneneses are never afraid to take the torch in their hands and clamor for justice.
    When I attended Abel Bravo, we used to celebrate the memory of our heroes by marching along the streets near our beloved Alma Mater, screaming out their names in unison and then saying, presente.
    And the sweet lovely waters of that part of the Atlantic Ocean near the Colegio Abel Bravo always appeared to be in solidarity with us and our heroes too.
    Saludos,
    Anita

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