Military parade marks closing of Chile's Independence Day celebrations

14:37, September 20, 2010      

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Chilean President Sebastian Pinera (R) inspects the honor guard at the celebration for the bicentennial of Chile's independence in Santiago, Chile, Sept. 18, 2010. Chilecelebrated the bicentennial of its independence on Saturday with the participation of many heads of state and political leaders. (Xinhua/Jorge Villegas)

Chile held an official military parade Sunday, ending a series of celebration activities for the country's bicentennial of independence.

The military parade, a tradition since 1915, was held at the Pargue O'Higgins, one of Santiago's largest parks. To hail the evolutionary history of the Chilean armed forces, 7,545 troops from the armed forces and national police participated in the parade, including 892 women, a new record of female presence.

The army's new purchases -- the Leopard 2 tanks, Marder and Humvee infantry cars, and MD530 helicopters were presented at the parade, which began at 3:00 p.m. local time (1900 GMT) and ended at 6:00 p.m. local time (2200 GMT).

Military delegations from the United States, Mexico and some other nations also participated in the parade. So did Chilean and Ecuadorian troops from the UN peacekeeping mission and the Peace Force "Cross of the South" formed by Chilean and Argentine troops.

Ecuadorian and Argentine troops participated in a military parade in Chile for the first time.

Saturday marked Chile's 200 years of independence. Yet the nation's attention was split between the official celebrations and the fate of 33 trapped miners in northern Chile since Aug. 5.

Source: Xinhua


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