The city of Miami Beach, which receives over eight million visitors a year, declared on July 22nd Day of Simón Bolívar and the Americas and will celebrate it for the first time with a public ceremony in which the “struggle for liberation” waged by the Venezuelan people will be recognized.

The event, dedicated to “El Libertador”, one of the central figures of the independence of Latin America in the 19th century, will take place in the Collins Park and will have the participation of the municipal authorities and the Honor Guard of Miami Beach.

According to the municipal council announcement, part of the event will be dedicated to the recognition of the “current situation of the people of Venezuela and the struggle for their liberation.”

The program includes speeches, wreaths and coffee and cakes for attendees.

Born on July 24th, 1783 in Caracas, Simón Bolívar contributed to the independence of what are now Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Peru and Venezuela, territories that until then belonged to the Spanish Crown.

He died on December 17, 1830 on a farm outside of Santa Marta (Colombia).

In statements made by the newspaper El Nuevo Herald, Miami Beach administrator Jimmy Morales said that Simón Bolívar’s Day, celebrated in other places on July 24, the date of his birth, will commemorate the “struggle for freedom, be it a freedom of foreign or internal domination”.

“It does not matter if the people are from Venezuela, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama or Peru, we want to celebrate the diverse people of our community,” Morales said.

The Miami Dade County, which includes Miami, Miami Beach and other cities, hosts an important Venezuelan community, which has increased markedly from the political, economic and social crisis that Venezuela is experiencing.

Sources of that community number about 220,000 Venezuelans living in Florida.

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