President Castillo leads tribute to Peru's Navy
12:00 | Callao (Callao region), Oct. 8.
The President of the Republic Pedro Castillo on Saturday participated in the ceremony marking the 201st anniversary of the Peruvian Navy —the day on which the 143rd anniversary of the Naval Battle of Angamos is also commemorated.
The event took place at Plaza Grau in Callao region.
It started with the raising of the Peruvian flag and the singing of the National Anthem. Afterwards, a minute of silence was observed. Later, the hymn to Peruvian hero Miguel Grau Seminario was sung.
This event was attended by Vice-President of the Republic Dina Boluarte, Prime Minister Anibal Torres, Defense Minister Daniel Barragan, Congress Chairman Jose Williams Zapata, and Judiciary Chairwoman Elvia Barrios, among other authorities.
It also saw the presence of high-ranking officers from the Peruvian Army, Navy, Air Force, and National Police.
The Peruvian Navy was founded on October 8, 1821 —the year of Peruvian Independence. For its part, the Battle of Angamos took place on October 8, 1879.
On that date, a group of men (crew members of the Huascar ironclad) commanded by the Grand Admiral of Peru, Miguel Grau Seminario, were protagonists of one of the most memorable and glorious naval battles in the maritime history of nations.
This battle concluded with the death of Grau Seminario —also known as the Knight of the Seas.