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DEL RIO – “Besides being brave she was pretty.”

The Consulate of Mexico and the group “Friends of the Adelita” in Del Rio, Texas, will be commemorating the 116th anniversary of the birth of Adela Velarde Perez, better known as “Adelita,” on Tuesday, September 6, 2016, at the San Felipe Cemetery, ultimate resting place of the Mexican Revolution folk heroin.

The life and adventures of Adelita, who saw the first light on Sept. 8, 1900, was immortalized in a Mexican revolutionary folk song of the same name. Origin of the ballad remains uncertain. Recognition and inspiration of the folk song is so widespread that it has transcended borders, reaching revolutionary movements and armies around the world.

The tribute to Adelita will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, September 6, at the Gravesite of Adelita, San Felipe Cemetery.

Additionally, a model by sculptor Lesslie Luna Martinez, representing the figure of Adelita, will be shown, and José Alberto Galindo, chronicler of the city of Zaragoza, Coahuila and a scholar of the life of Adelita, will be presenting his book entitled “Un Cielo de Metrallas” (A Shrapnel Sky), which will be available for purchase.

Representatives of the Del Rio Chamber of Commerce and Del Rio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will be attending the event.