The death, 125 years ago of one of Argentina's liberators and heroes, General Jose de San Martin, was commemorated in Buenos Aires on Sunday (17 August).
GV EXT. Metropolitan Cathedral
SV Portrait leading General San Martin's death
SV (Loud music) and CU Presidential parade (2 shots)
SV President Peron arrives and takes place on rostrum. (2 shots)
GV Officials on platform
CU PAN FROM Airforce and navy chief to Army chief
CU INT. Minister Colonel Damasco
SV Bugler plays Last Post
SV PAN Gun salute as camera ZOOMS IN TO clock
SV Presidential guard band leads parade
SV ZOOM OUT President Peron and Italo Luder to parade passing dais.
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Background: The death, 125 years ago of one of Argentina's liberators and heroes, General Jose de San Martin, was commemorated in Buenos Aires on Sunday (17 August).
After a ceremony at the Metropolitan Cathedral, President Maria Estela Peron presided over a military parade at the Plaza do Mayo (May Square)l in honour of the freedom fighter. Among prominent members of the new cabinet attending the ceremony was Interior Minster Colonel Vincente Damasco. Other officials included Commanders-in-chief of the Armed force.
Before the parade, a bugler played "The Last Post" and a gun salute was fired in honour of General San Martin. It is more than 150 years since he played a major part in driving Spanish forces out of many parts of South America.
Despite his great contribution to the fight for Independence, San Martin spent the latter years of his life in exile in Europe. He had suffered setbacks, realising that his plans for a centralised constitutional monarchy did not appeal to most Latin American nations, and the he could not reach accord with Bolivar, who also fought for independence. San Martin died at Boulogne on August 17, 1850.