Rodolfo Carter stressed the importance of this landmark in the eyes of the public.
"The people who forget their history are condemned to repeat it. Chile is much more than a flag, the true protagonists are these anonymous heroes." The truly brave man is the one who, in fear, rises and walks forward. you, our heroes.
With these words, the mayor of La Florida, Rodolfo Carter, honored during the afternoon of this Sunday to more than 1,000 excommunicates from the 1978 conflict who had Chile and Argentina on the verge of a war over the Picton, Lennox and Nueva islands in the far south. Thus, the ex-soldiers arrived in the commune to be part of a recognition and decoration of the communal chief, who, before public opinion, stressed the importance of this historical landmark, which, if not mediated by the intervention of Pope John Paul II, would have a strong impact for Chile.
"Chile is a big family, you can not make the mistake of ignoring our heroes," said the mayor, when asked about the municipal deployment and why no politician deigned to decorate the ex-soldiers in this way.
The event counted on the three branches of the Armed Forces, besides Carabineros and Firemen.
"The idea is for these forgotten heroes to remain in the retina of public opinion for their courage and courage and at the same time be remembered forever by more than 17 million Chileans," added Carter.
"I have had very difficult moments, one is moved and rejoiced because Mayor Carter is taking care of what happened in 1978. We knocked on the doors and no one deigned to recognize us," said Arturo Barra, a native of Talcahuano who, at 18 years, belonged to Marine Corps in the extreme south of the country.
This first and only parade in honor of the veterans of '78 was framed in celebration of the 119th anniversary of the Florida commune, a milestone that the town wanted to celebrate largely through this emotional parade through a tour led by the protagonists of 1978. The journey began in the footsteps of the emblematic Paradero 14 of La Florida and extended through the streets and iconic avenues of the neighborhood.