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Near Goascoran, Honduras
 

Monument to the Honduran Soldier During the “100 Hours War”

Monumento al Soldado Hondureño

 
 
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By J. Makali Bruton, September 15, 2013
1. Monument to the Honduran soldier during the "100 Hours War" Marker
Inscription.
Ofrenda
A los bravos combatientes, militares y civiles, que en los campos de La Arada dejaron constancia de su ejemplar arrojo en defensa de nuestra soberania.

Frontera sur de Honduras, Julio 15 de 1971

English translation:

In Tribute
To the brave military and civilian combatants that in the fields of La Arada gave proof of their exemplary daring in defense of our sovereignty.

Southern Border of Honduras, 15 July 1971
 
Erected 1971 by Association of Officials' Wives of the Honduran Armed Forces and La Arada Monument Committee.
 
Location. 13° 35.466′ N, 87° 43.296′ W. Marker is near Goascoran, Goascoran. Marker is on Panamerican Highway (Highway CA-1), on the left when traveling east. Click for map. The marker is located 3.2 miles (5.1 km) east on the Panamerican Highway after El Amatillo/Goascoran border crossing between El Salvador and Honduras. Marker is in this post office area: Goascoran 52101, Honduras.
 
Regarding Monument to the Honduran Soldier During the "100 Hours War". Honduras was invaded militarily by El Salvador during July 14-18, 1969 as part of the so-called “100 Hours War” or
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By J. Makali Bruton, September 15, 2013
2. Detail on Monument to the Honduran soldier during the "100 Hours War" Marker
“Soccer War”. This monument pays tribute to the Honduran military and civilians that lost their lives in southern Honduras during this action.

In the years prior to the invasion, many thousands of Salvadorans had moved to Honduras seeking greater economic opportunities. These Salvadorans in Honduras were often blamed by Honduran authorities for different social and economic ills. In April 1969 Honduras began a series of agrarian reforms which excluded foreigners, leading to the deportation of many of these Salvadoran immigrants. While the issue was being discussed at the Organization for American States, El Salvador invaded Honduras on July 14, 1969. Although the surprise attack allowed Salvadoran forces to initially advance into Honduras, a stalemate arose as Honduran military forces reacted to the invasion. A cease fire was agreed to on July 18, 1969. Salvadoran forces remained in Honduras for some months and a peace treaty was finally signed in October 1980. Final International Court of Justice rulings related to the conflict eventually gave small disputed areas along the border to Honduras.
This conflict had wide ranging implications in Central America. Approximately 6,000 people were directly killed in the conflict, including both military and civilians. The majority of these were Hondurans. Trade was disrupted for years to come between the countries
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3. Detail of Monument to the Honduran soldier
and the fledgling Central American Common Market became unworkable. Somewhere between 60,000 to 130,000 Salvadorans were expelled from Honduras and many on both sides of the border were forced to move from their homes. The expulsion of Salvadorans from Honduras only worsened social issues in El Salvador and potentially being among the causes of future internal strife and conflict.
In terms of the historical marker, even with the seriousness of the issue being commemorated, it is interesting to note that the marker makes no mention of the conflict itself or El Salvador, preferring instead to commemorate only the Honduran defense of its sovereignty.


Credits and sources:

La Guerra De Las 100 Horas ó La Muy Conocida “Guerra del Fútbol”, Various sources, http://www.elsalvadorhistorico.org/articulos/eventos-historicos/38-la-guerra-de-las-cien-horas.html, Nov. 7, 2013.
 
Also see . . .  Land, Island and Maritime Frontier Dispute (El Salvador/Honduras: Nicaragua intervening). The International Court of Justice's findings concerning the Honduras/San Salvador dispute. (Submitted on November 8, 2013.) 
 
Categories. 20th CenturyMilitary
 
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By J. Makali Bruton, September 15, 2013
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