On the 169th anniversary of the death of General Francisco Morazán, the Government and the armed forces of Honduras will pay him tribute on Francisco Morazan Day, October 3, 2011.
As is tradition, the ceremony is performed beginning at 11:00 am at the General Francisco Morazán Civic Plaza in the center of the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa. The national hero was shot in San Jose, Costa Rica, on September 15, 1842. The commemoration of his death has been held on September 14th each year, allowing for the celebration of Honduras’s independence on September 15th.
The typical ceremony includes the raising of the Honduras national flag to half-mast as a sign of mourning and the placement of floral arrangements at the foot of the plaza statue.
Additionally on this day, however, in the late hours of the night, and on the occasion of the 190th anniversary of independence, the President of Honduras, Porfirio Lobo Sosa, announced an evening of music, dances, and the display of artwork being held at 9:00 pm in the Democracy Plaza at the Presidential House (Plaza Democracia de Casa Presidencial).
“Tomorrow from 9 o’clock in the evening, we will have here a few celebrations; there will be Honduran music, paintings, and dance sets. At 12 o’clock in the evening, we will have the cry of independence”, said the President. (The familiar cry is “long live independence!” and “long live the Republic!”)
The event is being attended by senior officers of the Armed Forces, the Minister of Defense, Marlon Pascua; Minister of Education, Alejandro Ventura; The presidential appointee, Samuel Reyes, the Deputy Mayor of Tegucigalpa, Juan Diego Zelaya, Congressperson Augusto Cruz Ascencio in representation of the National Congress, and members of the Permanent Inter-Agency Civic Committee (Comité Cívico Interinstitucional Permanente-Cocip).
September 15th Honduras celebrates its 190th year of Independence. ¡Feliz día de independencia de Honduras!