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Commemorating Simon Bolivar

24 July 2017

Mrs Mairin Josefina Moreno-Merida, Ambassador of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela hosted a wreath laying ceremony at the Pretoria Art Museum to commemorate the birthday of Simon Bolivar. 

Speaking about Bolivar Ambassador Moreno-Merida said, " With the exercise of the art of weapons and his military knowledge, he lay the groundwork to conquer innumerable battles which led to the emancipation of America. His intelligence, will and selflessness shaped his libertarian ideals to consolidate the union of Republics, contributing to the independence of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Peru and Venezuela."

 

 

 

Speech by Ambassador Mairin Moreno-Merida at the wreath laying ceremony

We are gathering here today in front of the statue of our Liberator, Simon Bolivar to honor him once more, commemorating the 234 years of his birthday.
On July 24, 1783, the city of Caracas saw the birth of a child destined to free people from the Spanish yoke in our America…
Simon Jose Antonio de la Santísima Trinidad Bolívar y Palacios Ponte y Blanco, a visionary man, defender of the vulnerable, the slaves and oppressed, a tireless crusader for freedom, the integration and justice for the people.
Son of Juan Vicente Bolívar y Ponte, and María de la Concepción Palacios y Blanco. As a child Simon became an orphan at age 9, under the tutelage of his brothers, and later of their teachers. In 1799 he travelled to Europe to continue his academic education, and on 15 August 1805 in the Monte Sacro of Rome he sore to liberate his homeland. In 1806 Bolivar returned to Venezuela convinced of the need to free America and as such he joined the revolutionary cause where he began his early struggles.
With the exercise of the art of weapons and his military knowledge, he lay the groundwork to conquer innumerable battles which led to the emancipation of America. His intelligence, will and selflessness shaped his libertarian ideals to consolidate the union of Republics, contributing to the independence of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Peru and Venezuela.
The Surrender in both in body and soul to the libertarian fight, set off the fate of Bolívar, the liberator, Man of America and Father of the Homeland.
He led countless battles from thought and military action, participating in the rebellion of April 19, 1810; to realize the signing of the Declaration of Independence of Venezuela on July 5, 1811, a transcendental achievement that inspired the struggle to fight for the Independence of the entire America.
He participated in the patriotic society; in Nueva Granada; the Admirable Campaign; in the military operations of La Puerta; in the emancipatory project of La Gran Colombia; Congress of Cúcuta; Battle of Carabobo; Naval Battle of Lake Maracaibo; Battle of Pichincha; Battle of Junín; Battle of Ayacucho and countless other spaces with the bitter taste of war and fresh hope for freedom.
To speak of Simón Bolívar is to refer to a legacy of history, an endless struggle for freedom and justice for the people of Our American. Bolivar taught us not to surrender, he taught us that we as brothers of the Great homeland have always been battlers and that we have inherited, from him, his fighting spirit that has risen in adversity and that does not surrender despite of such adversaries ... This is Bolivar... And  I say  "is" because he lives in each of us,  as Bolivarian people, always as an inspiration. As was our Commander Hugo Chávez, who at all times highlighted successful and visionary thinking of the liberator Simon Bolivar, his legacy is embedded in bolivarianism, the formula of freedom that he stood by Bolivar, was a liberty with equality.
 It is the libertarian heritage of Bolivar and Chavez, that  the Venezuelan people advocate today  as their most precious asset: the national independence, the legacy of two great men that America gave birth to, to remember that we must strengthen the union, integration, solidarity and brotherhood of Our America, to ensure the maximum happiness possible to future generations.
On December 17, 1830, in Santa Marta, Colombia, Bolivar passed away physically. Today  the father of the fatherland just  like Chávez, lives in the soul, thoughts and hearts of a people who woke up to defend the sovereignty and self-determination of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and the sisters Nations of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Embassy of Venezuela in South Africa

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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