Caracas, Mar 5 (Prensa Latina) - Paseo de los Proceres (National Heroes’ Promenade) in Caracas is hosting today a civic-military parade that has brought together representatives of social movements and the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB) of Venezuela on the occasion of the first anniversary of Commander Hugo Chavez’s death.
Several components of the FANB and a sample of its defensive technique will be seen by Venezuelans and foreign visitors under the common interest of paying tribute to the revolutionary leader.
In addition, the Mountain Garrison, in the January 23 parish, will host some of the events, as it is there where the remains of the late statesman rest.
According to authorities, prominent figures from different parts of the world are expected to attend the events as an acknowledgement of Chavez’s international influence.
On March 5, 2013, at 16:25 hours, local time, then Executive Vice President Nicolas Maduro informed the country about Chavez’s death at Caracas Military Hospital.
Born on July 28, 1954, in Sabaneta, a town in the plains of Barinas, he was the second of six children of Hugo de los Reyes Chavez and Elena Frias, who were primary school teachers.
Known for his one-of-a-kind personality, capable of attracting the broadest popular sentiments, Chavez received a military education, as he enrolled in a military school in 1971.
Amid a situation dominated by neoliberal policies, on February 4, 1992, Chavez led a civic-military rebellion against then President Carlos Andres Perez. The uprising failed, but when Chavez pronounced the words “for now” when publicly claiming responsibility for that action, he became the starting point of a political process that changed the country.