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Venezuelans Commemorate One Month Anniversary of Passing of President Ch?vez

Today there will be a tribute to the leader of the Bolivarian Revolution, Hugo Chávez Frías, one month after his passing, announced Nicolás Maduro, acting President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, on Thursday.

“A 4:25 in the afternoon we will hold a minute of silence and reflective prayer.  In the Mountain Barracks, where the body of President Chávez is laid at rest, there will be a cannon salvo,” Maduro said during a political rally in Valencia, Carabobo (a city in north-central Venezuela).

Activities at the Mountain Barracks will include a religious service and a public event.  President Maduro asked the Venezuelan people to keep President Chávez in their thoughts and “offer a prayer of gratitude to him and his family.”

Moreover, he announced that today at 8 a.m. he will meet with members of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces for a joint prayer, and three hours later he will pay homage to the President in Maracay, Aragua.

March 5, 2013

“At 4:25 in the afternoon Comandante President Hugo Chávez passed away.”  Those were the words of then-Vice President Nicolás Maduro on March 5 at 5:26, local time, to inform the public of the physical passing of a man who had been President of Venezuela since 1999.

On the next day, Wednesday, March 6, the Comandante was moved to a hall of honor in the Military Academy at Tiuna Fort in Caracas, where he was mourned at the Fervent Chapel (Capilla Ardiente, in Spanish) for ten consecutive days.

During this time period, over a half million people visited him to pay their respects to his life and legacy, including 50 Latin American and world leaders, highlighted by the presence of at least a dozen Latin American and Caribbean heads of state.

Following the ten days at the Fervent Chapel, on March 15, the Comandante was moved to the Mountain Barracks, now named the Museum of the Revolution, by a caravan joined by a massive crowd of Venezuelans who supported his tenure as leader and head of state for over 14 years.

Agencia Venezolana de Noticias / Press – Venezuelan Embassy to the U.S. / April 5, 2013

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