After the success of previous years, more than 200 jurors attended the solemn act of raising and swearing in the National Ensemble, which was formalized on the morning of Sunday, October 6, in the Plaza de Adolfo Suárez of the municipality of Alcantarilla
For more than a decade the solemn act of homage to the flag has been carried out in Alcantarilla on the occasion of the National Holiday Day.
This year, the President of the Autonomous Community of the Region of Murcia D. Fernando López Miras did not want to miss this emotional act, which was organized next to the hoist, a Flag Jury of authorized civilian personnel.
The act was chaired by the General Chief of the General Air Command (MAGEN), the General of Division D. Emilio Juan Gracia Cirugeda, and accompanied by the Head of the Sewer Air Base and Director of the Military School of Parachuting "Méndez Parada" (EMPMP), Colonel D. Fco. Javier Fernández Fernández, in addition to the civil authorities who also joined the oath to the Flag;
Apart from the President of the Autonomous Community of the Region of Murcia Mr. Fernando López Miras, the President of the Regional Assembly Mr. Alberto Castillo Baños, the Government Delegate in the Region of Murcia Mr. Francisco J. Jiménez Jiménez, the Director of Presidency and Treasury of the Autonomous Community, Mr. Javier Celdrán Lorente and the Mayor of the City Council of Alcantarilla, Mr. Joaquín Buendía Gómez.
At 10:30 the event began, meteorology and good weather accompanied, the public had to endure temperatures that corresponded more to the summer period than to the autumn, but nobody wanted to miss the opportunity to take their oath of fidelity to the National Ensemble , of which many could not make the previous year due to the large influx of applications received, as this year.
After the arrival of the authorities, the Head of Line initiated the act with the news to the General and his subsequent magazine to the participating forces, then a flag of Spain of 54mÂ² was deployed that carried 9 soldiers to hoist it on the 25-meter mast height located in the Plaza de Adolfo Suárez.
And finally, the time came for our protagonists of the day;
the jurors, who approached individually to kiss the flag and formalize their commitment to the defense of Spain.
Those who gave their lives for Spain were also reminded in a simple and emotional act of homage to the fallen, in which recent losses on the coasts of the Region of Murcia were recalled;
Comandante Marín de la Patrulla Águila and Comandante Melero and Ensign Almirón.
The most life-giving moment was when gunfire was fired at the same time that three T-12B âAviocarâ aircraft belonging to the 721 Air Force Squadron were lowered in formation, while the Music Unit of the General Air Academy ( AGA) was responsible for coordinating, during the interpretation of the chords, the time to merge the passing of the aircraft and save at the same time.
The event ended with an air parade on Calle Mayor de Alcantarilla, starting the parade the T-12B in a pass along the main street and later the tactical vehicles belonging to the Squadron of Parachute Sappers (EZAPAC), a unit that also It is located at the Alcantarilla Air Base, the URO VAMTAC ST5 and S3 that caught the attention of the public.
The parade of the Spending Squad, the Music Unit of the AGA and the forces participating in the act consisting of a Squadron of the EMPMP and the EZAPAC closed.
As a culmination and closing of the solemn act, the Air Force Skydiving Acrobatic Patrol (PAPEA) performed a parachuting exhibition at the Fairground, from one of the T-12B âAviocarâ were launched, sequentially, 5 paratroopers to 2000 from meters high and spread over two passes.
Several components of the PAPEA descended with their parachutes open carrying the flag of the Army of the Air, the one of the municipality of Alcantarilla, while others executed the maneuver known as mirror with flag, in which two jumpers place their parachute bells perpendicular to the ground, carrying among them a Flag of Spain of 54mÂ² and 15 Kg of weight while descending to more than 70Km / h.
On this occasion they could only participate in this solemn and endearing act with half of the components of the Acrobatic Patrol, At present, they are the current Champions of Spain in the discipline of âFormations in Free Fallâ, both military and civil , and will represent Spain in the VII Military World Games, to be held in China, in mid-October.
These Games are organized by the International Military Sports Council, whose motto is "Friendship through sport", so they intend to send the greatest message of peace ever launched, since they will join around 10,500 athletes from the armies from more than 150 different countries.
Likewise, they have recently revalidated the title of Champions of Spain in the Formation of Flight modality, and therefore, they have also qualified to represent our country in the Civil Parachuting World Championship, which will be held in Russia in 2020.
The jurors and their families, in addition to the rest of the attendees, continued to applaud and encouraged at all times with their applause and cheers to the dear PAPEA, and especially the smallest when the paratroopers took land.
Source: Ministerio de Defensa