Poncho Villa State Park

Trip Start Nov 25, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of United States  , New Mexico
Saturday, March 10, 2007

As we headed to Palomas, MX for our second helping of soup kitchen work at the Migrant Resource Center, we ran smack into the Pancho Villa Celebration at Pancho Villa State Park in Columbus. When the United States grabbed Texas away from Mexico, Pancho thought he'd take it back and organized a counterattack. U.S. forces headquartered here in Columbus, NM prevailed, although Pancho is a Mexican folk hero (the subject of the famous Spanish tune you likely know: "La Cucaracha") and no one remembers the name of the leader of the successful U.S. forces. 

There's an annual march of the horses--this year well over 100 participated--and I'm not sure how they spin this celebration, since no one would want to offend Mexico in this border town. I can tell you that, when we passed the horses in the oncoming traffic lane, I saw the U.S.AND MX flags heading the parade.

We saw the parachuters' landings as we passed, and after our shift at the soup kitchen in Palomas, we stopped by to partake of the free live music and the new museum that commemorates this event in history. Built by U.S. dollars, it portrays the U.S. perspective on the territorial spat.
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