Monday, October 2, 2023

CURRENTLY commemorated the 213th anniversary of the First National Governing Junta

This September 18, the day that celebrates the independence of Chile, sailors from all over Chile actively participated in the ceremonies celebrating the new anniversary of the First National Board of Directors and performed in the various parades in the jurisdiction of the five naval zones.

In Valparaíso, the ceremony began at 10:00 a.m. in Plaza O’Higgins, giving way to the parade led by the regional governor Rodrigo Mundaca and attended by the commander general of the naval garrison and the commander in chief of the Navy of the First Naval Zone, Rear Admiral Juan Pablo Zúñiga, along with other civil and military authorities.

The ceremony began with the honoring of Presidential Delegate Sofía González and the raising of the national flag on the pole of honor. Then the medal became “18. September” awarded to the conscript who distinguished himself by his military spirit, loyalty, camaraderie and commitment to the activities of the service. Conscript soldier, Cristóbal Fernández.

Before the parade began, the folklore ensemble “Emaus” offered the authorities in attendance a snack and chicha en cacho.

On this occasion, the Presentation Troops, under the command of the Naval Education Director, Rear Admiral Sebastián Gutiérrez, carried out a parade in front of the authorities and in the streets of Valparaíso. In total there were 1,568 uniformed personnel of the Naval Polytechnic Academy, the Naval School “Arturo Prat”, the Regiment No. 2 “Maipo”, the Anti-Aircraft Artillery Regiment and the “Tactical School” of the special forces of Quintero and Carabineros of Chile; those who paid tribute.


In the area of ​​responsibility of the Second Naval Zone, numerous civil-military activities were organized to commemorate the national holidays and the Day of Glory of the Chilean Army, in which the troops of the Talcahuano and Valdivia naval garrisons took part.

On September 18, activities commemorating the national holidays and the Army Day of Glory focused on the city of Concepción, with the Te Deum at the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Most Holy Concepción, presided over by the archbishop of the archdiocese. Monsignor Fernando Chomalí. And later, the civil, military, ecclesiastical authorities and guests from different areas of regional work, led by the presidential delegate of Biobío Daniela Dresdner and the commander of the Army’s Land Operations Command, Division General Christian Bolivar, took part in the military parade that took place in Avenida Costanera in front of the Regional Theater Biobío took place.

As part of the national holiday activities, the Commander-in-Chief of the Second Naval Zone, Rear Admiral Daniel Muñoz, highlighted the enthusiasm and great participation of the public in these commemorations that commemorate national traditions: “It is a joy to observe them.” like citizens enjoy listening to music, dancing cueca and sharing typical dishes. These are days when we can enjoy our national traditions,” he said.

Similar activities were carried out in the city of Valdivia, where the Commander of the Naval Garrison and Naval Governor of Valdivia, Captain Felipe González, together with delegations of the departments dependent on this command, represented the Chilean Navy in the Te Deum that took place on Saturday 16 and at the military parade that took place on September 18th in the Plaza República.

In the days leading up to the celebration of the national holidays, Commander González also conveyed protocol greetings to the Commander-in-Chief of the Third Mountain Division, Brigadier General Edward Slater, on the occasion of the commemoration of the Army’s Day of Glory.


In Punta Arenas, the Commander-in-Chief of the Third Naval Zone, Rear Admiral Fernando Borcoski, accompanied by the Chief of General Staff of the Third Naval Zone and Commander of the Naval Base “Punta Arenas”, Captain Jorge Gutiérrez, took part in the traditional Te Deum which was It took place in the Cathedral of Punta Arenas , in addition to the flower offering ceremony in the Plaza del Monumento al General Bernardo O’Higgins.

Amid the low temperatures in this southern area, the head of the Judiciary, together with regional and civil authorities as well as the various branches of the Armed Forces of Order and Public Security, witnessed the military parade in honor of the Army’s Day of Glory, which took place in the central Benjamín Muñoz Gamero Square in Punta Arenas.

The Third Naval Zone was represented at the parade, represented by a presentation troop accompanied by the Third Naval Zone flag band.

From Puerto Williams, the Beagle Naval District also took part in the various activities that took place on September 18th.


With the traditional protocol greetings, the Fourth Naval Zone began commemorative activities on September 18 for the 213th National Anniversary and Day of Glory of the Chilean Army.

On this occasion, the Commander-in-Chief of the Fourth Naval Zone, Rear Admiral Claudio Maldonado, accompanied by officers and the Chief Petty Officer of the zone, welcomed the Commander of the Northern Command, Division General Pedro Varela, and the Commander-in-Chief of the VI Naval Zone. Army Division, Brigadier General Lionel Curti.

The delegation then moved to the Cathedral of Iquique to participate in the Catholic Te Deum, an ecclesiastical event attended by various civil and military authorities, presided over by the Presidential Delegate for the Region of Tarapacá, Daniel Quinteros, and conducted by the Bishop of Iquique of the Diocese of Iquique, Monsignor Isauro Covili.

The commemorative events ended at noon in Bernardo O’Higgins Square, when the Armed Forces and the law enforcement and security forces took part in the traditional military ceremony to commemorate the founding of the first national government junta and the Day of “Glory of the Chilean Army.”

What stood out at the military parade was the impeccable presentation of the musical band and the war band of the Fourth Naval Zone, which accompanied the honors of a naval presentation company under the command of First Lieutenant OM Eduardo Llanquileo and the crews of the Chilean Navy Air Force and Carabineros.

The commemoration ended with the presentation of the instrumental band of the VI command. Army Division and the subsequent parade of the Armored Cavalry School, the Commando Company No. 6 of Iquique, the Armored Training Center and the “Carampangue” Regiment.


In Puerto Montt, the event began with the hoisting of the national flag at 8:00 a.m. and around 10:00 a.m. and, as is traditional in the Cathedral of Puerto Montt, a naval delegation gathered led by the Commander-in-Chief Commodore Alejandro Torres of the fifth naval zone took part in the Ecumenical Te Deum. The event was presided over by the Bishop of Puerto Montt, Monsignor Fernando Ramos, and was attended by civilian and military guests.

Meanwhile, at noon, in the city’s Costanera Park, for the first time after renovation, the parade in honor of the Homeland and the Glory of the Army took place, an event presided over by the presidential delegate of Los Lagos, Giovanna Moreira, and attended by the General Garrison of Puerto Montt participated.

On this occasion, the Naval Presentation Company under the command of First Lieutenant Loreto Gaete, consisting of a total of 95 men and women, honored the country with an acclaimed parade.

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