The Director General of the Civil Guard inaugurates in Huesca the commemorative acts of the feast of the Patroness of the Body

The first act consisted of a Solemn Tribute and Lifting of the National Flag in Plaza Luis López Allué

Subsequently, in the Exhibition Hall of the Centro Ibercaja-Palacio de Villahermosa, in the Plaza Conde de Guara, the exhibition entitled “Civil Guard, 175 years by your side” has been inaugurated

Next, in the Church of San Lorenzo, a Floral Offering to the Patron of Huesca has been made

The General Director of the Civil Guard, Félix Azón, has inaugurated several of commemorative events of the feast of Our Lady the Virgin of the Pillar, Patroness of the Body, which will be held until next October 6 in Huesca. Among these are the Tribute and Lifting of the National School, the inauguration of the exhibition "Civil Guard, 175 years by your side" and a Floral Offering to the Patron of Huesca.

These events have also been attended by the Mayor of the city Luis Eliseo Felipe; the Vice President of the Cortes de Aragón, María Rodrigo; the Subdelegate of the Government in Huesca, Isabel Blasco; the Vice President of the Provincial Council of Huesca, Elisa Sancho; the Director of the Ibercaja Foundation, José Luis Rodrigo; the Operational Deputy Director of the Civil Guard, Laurentino Ceña and the Chief General of the Aragon Zone, Carlos Crespo, among other civil and military authorities.

Tribute and Lifting of the National Flag

The first of the acts was the Homage and Lifting of the National Flag, which has been held in the Plaza D. Luis López Allué.
The act has begun with a representation of the different National Teachings that have been part of the history of Spain among which are the Royal Penon of the Catholic Monarchs (1474-1516), the Imperial Flag of Carlos I (1516-1556) , the Company Flag (Felipe IV), the Colonel Flag of the Royal Artillery Regiment (Fernando VI) (1746-1759), the Colonel Flag of the King's Infantry Regiment “of Immemorial creation” (Carlos IV) (1788-1808 ) and the First Third Flag of the Civil Guard of (1854).

History of the flag

The flag is a symbol originally used by the armies as visible support to raise the shields of arms representative of the monarchs, easily transportable and visible on the heads of the combatants.
Thus, the armies of Spain historically used very diverse flags until the need to look for a cloth of colorful colors on which to place the real weapons and that distinguished easily on the high seas from the standard of the ships of foreign war, made Carlos III commission, in 1785, the replacement of the naval pavilion used until then, for another more visible at sea and for the use of the Royal Navy.
Initially, twelve sketches were presented to the King, among which the monarch chose two, to which he varied the dimensions of the strips, declaring the first one for the Navy and the second for the Merchant.
The first constitutes the antecedent of what is now the flag of Spain, since it became identified with all the national armies and later with the Spanish Nation, from the Royal Unifying Order of Isabel II, of October 13, 1843

Exhibition “Civil Guard, 175 years by your side”

Subsequently, in the showroom of the Centro Ibercaja-Palacio de Villahermosa in the Plaza Conde de Guara of the capital of Oscense, the Director General has inaugurated the exhibition entitled “Civil Guard, 175 years by your side”, which shows the semblance of the Civil Guard Corps from its creation to the present day.
The Director General in his words wanted to remember the reasons for the founding of the Corps, and its territorial deployment. He has highlighted how through this commemorative exhibition, the Civil Guard reflects being a “modern and vital institution, which has evolved in the course of time fulfilling its missions professionally”.
Félix Azón has had a memory of the victims of terrorism and in particular those of the “bloody attacks of the Barracks House in Zaragoza and Sallent de Gállego (Huesca)”.
The Director General has encouraged all Oscenses to participate in the events that will take place during this week and that seek a Civil Guard approach to society.
The first of the rooms explains what the Civil Guard is, what are its basic principles of action, the functions they perform, as well as some data on the means and resources used to carry them out.
Then, in the second room you can meet the different specialties of the Body, in which through 360º virtual reality glasses one can live the experience as an agent of the Civil Guard, see and feel the high degree of preparation, technical level and human commitment of the components of units such as GREIM (Mountain Rescue and Intervention Group), SEPRONA (Nature Protection Service) and Citizen Security and know the areas of action of the Civil Guard. Also, you can see a large schedule showing the milestones in the history of Spain that correspond in parallel with some of the key and relevant moments of the Civil Guard, from 1844 to 2019.
Within this room, the retrospective exhibition of material and audiovisual archive of the Mountain Service, whose School is located in the town of Jaca and which last year turned 50 years old, stands out.
This room also has a panel that reflects the deployment of the Civil Guard in international missions carried out abroad. Several vehicles are also exhibited, historical installations of the civil guard and several mannequins with different uniforms are reproduced.
In another of the rooms you can know the origin and evolution of the Civil Guard hat, popularly known as “tricorn”, as well as other types of head presses that have been used during these 175 years. There is also a series of chronological panels and a video with the historical stages to know all the history of the Civil Guard.
It also has a movie theater where you can watch a movie to see the Civil Guard in action.
There is also a space where a tribute is paid to all civil guards who have given their lives in the line of duty, where you can view a panel with photographs of the 243 civil guards killed by terrorism from 1968 to the present day. It also has another panel where a large list of names of civilians killed due to attacks against the Civil Guard is displayed.
The Exhibition can be visited from September 30 until October 19 from Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and on Sunday October 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Wreath

Finally, in the Church of San Lorenzo, a Floral Offering has been made to the Patron of Huesca, San Lorenzo, in which the Director General has deposited a bouquet of flowers and has placed on the mantle a commemorative pin of the “175th anniversary” .

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