El Reducto
                                     The Heroic City honors its Fallen Heroes
On January 15, 1881 one of the bloodiest battles took place in our city, The Battle of Miraflores against the invading Chilean forces. On that day our people fought bravely defending our city until the last shot was burned, until the last breath was consumed.  They were the reserve, mostly civilians, our young and old, rich and poor, survivors from the Battle of Chorrillos and the city El Callao came to help. Poorly or not trained at all and outnumbered by the enemy, by the end of the day the last line of defense collapsed, and Lima was captured. 
They lost the battle, but nobody could ever say they did not fight with courage and heroism.

A letter to his mother found in the pocket of a fallen Peruvian read: "The worst thing would not be to die in the battlefield, the worst would be forgetting all the sacrifices we have done"

A very sad day in the history of our country, We will never forget!
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"Sucumbir de tal manera no es morir, es caer como hombre, para transmigrar a otra superior y divina especie, que el humano lenguaje ha bautizado con el nombre de Héroe, y como todo lo divino, no perece jamás.
  Extraído del discurso dado por              Ricardo Rossel

Deudora de eterna gratitud es la patria de tales hijos, pues salvaron con su glorioso sacrificio el honor del Perú en tan desastrosa contienda. Nególe avara la suerte el anhelado triunfo; pero puede levantar la rota y ensangrentada frente, si bien desnuda del laurel de la victoria, iluminada, al menos, por la brillante aureola del heroísmo. A su fulgor verá el mundo entero que no fué el valor lo que hizo falta a sus esforzados defensores......"