From the Paseo Monumental Los Próceres de Caracas, this Tuesday, July 5, 2022, the Great Civic-Military Parade was held for the 211 years of the signing of the Act of Independence, which in 1811 declared Venezuela free and sovereign from all imperial domination.
The troops of the components of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB) together with the People’s Power, express their commitment to defend the independence achieved by the Liberator Simón Bolívar and the patriotic heroes during the anti-imperialist struggle that lasted more than 20 years since 1810 , as well as the construction of a patriotic army that today is the FANB and that also celebrates its Day.
The Sectoral Vice President of Sovereignty, Security and Peace and Minister of People’s Power for Defense, General in Chief Vladimir Padrino López, along with the Executive Vice President of the Republic, Delcy Rodríguez and the heads of the Public Powers, led the show of force armed and organized Venezuelan people.
President Nicolás Maduro Moros, through a message broadcast on the national radio and TV network from Miraflores, congratulated the men and women in arms, as well as the people who participated in the celebrations, encouraging them to continue defending freedom and independence of the Bolivarian Republic.
“Dear people in arms who march to celebrate the independence of the Homeland, in this sacred land and to endorse the oath to defend it with life if necessary,” he said in the first part of the message, before authorizing the start of the popular and military ceremony.
“We meet under the same free sky that has sheltered us for 211 years, the patriots of all time who with sacrifice and courage have been building the heritage of the republic,” he summarized about past and present struggles.
“This same sky has witnessed our numerous struggles, our victories and difficulties and above all our continuous rise for centuries, decade after decade, year after year, against all kinds of empires and domination that threatened us,” he described.
“This same sky that has seen us raise our fists in every fight and raise our heads in every adverse situation and has seen us fight when our dignity and rights as a nation are at stake. This generation of Bolivarian men and women has safeguarded the principles and ideals of the institutions and of our greatness for yet another year!” he remarked with pride.
He recalled that after the Battle of Carabobo, Venezuela was free after a decade of anti-imperialist struggle that cost blood and lives and half of the population perished on the battlefields, 10 years after the glorious signing of July 5, 1811 .
He said that this independence won with effort and struggle, then embarked on a long road of betrayals and vile intrigues that internal and external enemies have sown.
“We cannot say that this has marked our destinies, but neither can we say that we have overcome it.”
The Head of State urged Venezuelans to consider independence as a living cycle of constant twist and change. “It requires us to defend that freedom that was given to us as an inheritance. We must update independence without giving up on principles”, he ratified.
He raised the question whether it is possible to be free and independent in the convulsive and changing 21st century. “It is the question that challenges us, ethically and morally, to those of us who have taken the destiny of liberators.”