With almost certainty, Anthony Soltero had heard that Cuauhtemoc, the last Warrior Emperor of the Aztecs, was tortured and killed, but he refused to tell Cortes where the Aztec gold was kept and of Emiliano Zapata’s battle cry, “I would rather die on my feet, than live on my knees.”
And, like Cuauhtemoc and Zapata, Anthony knew the meaning of death before dishonor. Being threatened with incarceration for his political assertiveness, he would have undoubtedly viewed that as dishonorable and disgraceful. Not wanting to bring shame to his family and the cause that he believed in, he chose the way of the warrior, “Death before Dishonor” and his name is now etched in our hearts. He has left us with the duty to finish the task at hand, one that he strongly believed in and gave his life for. Hasta La Victoria Siempre . . .