The municipality of Macharaviaya in Malaga returns to celebrate the Independence Day of the United States of America, which is celebrated on July 4 and which is celebrated as a tribute and recognition of the contribution made by General Bernardo de Gálvez, a native of the town , to the independence of the United States.
The president of the Diputación de Málaga, Elías Bendodo, has presented on Thursday the celebrations celebrated by the municipality, declared of Tourist Singularity of the Province.
Bendodo has been accompanied by the mayor of Macharaviaya, Antonio Campos, and the vice-consul of Spain the American city of Pensacola, Maria Davis, who is on an official visit to Malaga with the president of the Sister Cities of Pensacola, Nan Harper, and a delegation from the American city. Also, they have attended, the national deputy for the province of Malaga, Carolina Spain; the deputy of Culture, Víctor González; the president of the Bernardo de Gálvez Association, Miguel Ángel Gálvez, and the vice president, Manuel Olmedo. For detailed information about the topic is available on http://independenceusa.net/.
The president of the Diputación has highlighted the importance of Bernardo Gálvez, whose name “has forever linked Pensacola and the province of Málaga” and has reminded that from the provincial body, and from the hand of the municipalities of Málaga and Macharaviaya, of the Bernardo de Gálvez Association and the Central Government, work is underway to create the Center for American Studies Bernardo de Gálvez, which will serve to strengthen ties between Spain and the United States with the historical figure of this military man from Malaga as a backbone.
Thus, Bendodo has announced that, although work is still underway to define the project, “this center could be operational in about a year”, while explaining that the center, which will be financed by Unicaja Banco, will serve to to turn Malaga into a permanent seat of relations between Spain and the United States.
“It will be – explained – a point of cultural, social, educational, political and economic exchange between both countries, and will become a permanent forum for activities and meetings, serving as a complement to the cultural offer of Malaga.” In this way, he added, “the province pays off the debt with an illustrious malagueño who has received unanimous recognition in the United States, but not in our country.”
Among the activities that have already been carried out to highlight the figure of Bernardo de Gávez are the inauguration of a statue in Marcharaviaya and a sculptural group in front of the María Zambrano station in the capital, to which will be added the equestrian statue to be inaugurated in Pensacola.
Future projects will include the start-up of an Americanist Library, integrated into the center and made up of more than 10,000 volumes; the celebration of the First Hispanic-American Symposium ‘Bernardo de Gálvez y su tiempo’, which will bring together specialists from Mexico, the United States and Spain; and the granting of a scholarship to young people of the province to develop a research project on the figure of the military, among other actions. In addition, a docudrama on the life of Bernardo de Gálvez that is currently being prepared in Texas will be sponsored.
AIR EUROPA WILL BAPTIZE AN AIRCRAFT WITH THE NAME OF THE MILITARY
On the other hand, Bendodo has also announced that the airline Air Europa will baptize one of its aircraft with the name of the military man from Malaga, and has explained that it has raised the possibility that the portrait of Bernardo de Gálvez is in the Congress of Deputies, in the 4th of july images 2018 of what has already been done in the United States, specifically in the Capitol.
The vice-consul of Pensacola, who has been very grateful for the work and the reception of the Provincial Council, has signed the book of honor of the supramunicipal institution, and has delivered to the president of the Diputación a copy of the legislation, signed by the former president Barack Obama, for which the title of Honorary Citizen is granted to the Bernardo de Gálvez from Malaga.
This is the highest distinction that the US grants to a foreigner, and so far only seven people have received the title before Bernardo de Gálvez: Winston Churchill, Raoul Wallenberg, William and Hannah Callowhill Penn, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, the Marquis de Lafayette and Casimir Pulaski.
“We have had many conquerors, but the one in the Capitol is Bernardo de Gálvez,” said Davis, who has been working for more than 37 years for the recognition of the figure of Bernardo de Gálvez, and who also has dedicated words of thanks to the delegation that accompanies her for the work they do with her in favor of this historic figure.
For his part, Campos has advanced the program of activities for the weekend, and explained that the parties will be held on July 1, Saturday. He also thanked the support of the County Council, “which has turned in every way,” even in closer ties with Pensacola. The councilor has referred to the importance of the work of Bernardo de Gálvez “in the creation of the most important nation in the world”, and announced the appointment of Maria Davis as Adoptive Daughter of the municipality of Macharaviaya.
Thus, from 19.30 on Friday there will be a parade through the center of Malaga in which the macharatungos, proud of their history and tradition, will make a tour of the main streets of the city inviting all viewers to the celebration that will take place on Saturday, July 1, in Macharaviaya.
Later, in the Patio de los Naranjos of the Cathedral of Málaga, there will be a tribute to General Bernardo de Gálvez, and the students of the School of Early Childhood and Primary Education (CEIP) Custodio Puga of Torre del Mar, in the town of Vélez- Málaga, they will perform vintage dances. A drum solo by the music band of the Malaga town of Benamocarra will be responsible for putting the finishing touch to the events to be held in the capital.
It will be on Saturday, July 1, when the celebrations of Independence Day will be celebrated in the Axarquía municipality. In this sense, they have highlighted the performances and parades by the Association of Grenadiers and Ladies of Gálvez, and the highlight of the event will be the historical military recreations of the Battle of Pensacola, with the preview of small introductory videos.
Visitors can also enjoy parades, live music and a craft market and traditional cuisine with a score of stands located on Calle Real. The fireworks will be in charge of closing the festivities around midnight.