Monday, April 19, 2010

Celebration of Bicentenary in Venezuela

Apr 19, 2010

A call to unity to build the Greater Homeland marked the start of the events for the bicentenary of the beginning of the Venezuelan heroic deeds with a homage to Simon Bolivar.

Nine Heads of State or government of the region participated along with President Hugo Chavez in placing a wreath to Bolivar at the National Pantheon, where his remains lie.

At the ceremony, which was an introduction to the ninth Summit of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of our America (ALBA), Chavez ratified that the leadership of the fathers and mothers of the Homeland remain after 200 years of struggle.

Presidents Evo Morales (Bolivia), Raul Castro (Cuba), Daniel Ortega (Nicaragua) and Prime Ministers Baldwin Spencer (Antigua and Barbuda), Roosevelt Skerrit (Dominica) and Ralph Gonsalves (St Vincent and the Grenadines) participated in the ceremony as well as Argentinean President Cristina Fernandez and Dominican Republic President Leonel Fernandez.

The commemoration of the bicentenary of the beginning of the pro-independence struggle includes a civic-military parade at Los Proceres avenue and a formal session at the National Assembly, where Cristina Fernandez will be the orator.