Seville will host next Saturday June 1 the parade of Armed Force Day, which commemorates 30 years of peace missions abroad. For this event, the acting Minister of Defense, Margarita Robles, has invited for the first time to attend the parade the relatives of the 173 men and women who gave their lives in these missions.
The first mission took place in Angola in 1989, where a group of Spanish troops participated as observers of the United Nations.
The Armed Forces Day parade, chaired by SS.MM the King and Queen of Spain, will begin at 12.00 at the confluence of the Torneo con Arjona streets and will travel approximately two kilometers parallel to the Guadalquivir River, along the Paseo de Cristóbal Colón and the Paseo de las Delicias, to the bridge of los Remedios.
The Kings will be accompanied during the ceremony by the acting Minister of Defense, Margarita Robles, and the maximum military and civil authorities are expected to attend the parade.
The act will begin with the honors to the Kings, the hoisting and homage to the flag, which will be followed by an offering to those who gave their lives for Spain. Then, attendees can enjoy the traditional past of the Eagle Patrol and the air and land parades.
Under the slogan chosen by the Ministry of Defense, '30 years defending peace in the world, 'the Armed Forces intend to approach the public to publicize their work.The celebration of Armed Forces Day goes back to 1978 when it was established the annual commemoration of a national festival that paid homage to the Armies and the Navy and promoted knowledge and its integration into society.
During the previous days, Seville will host a large number of activities, such as exhibitions of material -both terrestrial and naval in the Guadalquivir- or an exhibition of capabilities.
It will also develop more than 300 activities in points throughout Spain between exhibitions, concerts, open doors or swearing of flags to bring citizens to the Armed Forces.