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Santo Domingo.- The threatening clouds hovering over the capital’s south coast seemed to cower when major general Cesar Nicolas Casten ordered Task Force  Independence 2012 to start the Armed Forces traditional military parade to mark the National Day.

It was preceded by president Leonel Fernandez’s “permission granted,” the same response as in his 11 previous parades.

The event celebrated the “shot heard ‘round the island” that signaled the start of the country’s war for Independence on February 27, 1844.

More than 5,000 men and women marched and route-stepped by the Head of State and his most senior officials and military officers observing from the deck erected in front of the Jaragua hotel, with the Caribbean’s shimmering waters pounding the coast.

This year’s presentation featured squadrons of helicopters and intercept planes, in addition to the land and sea weaponry and search and rescue capacitiy.

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5 comment(s)
Written by: Pedrin, 28 Feb 2012 9:02 AM
From: United States
Your headline says it all. It is all for show.
Written by: RoyStone, 28 Feb 2012 9:42 AM
From: Australia
I hope the guard of honor were more polished than their earlier performance outside the Higuey Cathedral. It was sloppy. With so many generals, I was expecting something very sharp.
Written by: rodrigito, 28 Feb 2012 11:40 AM
From: United States
Corrupt head of state being honored. An insult, to say the least, to the memory of our founding fathers.
Written by: RonEvane This user is banned, 28 Feb 2012 11:54 AM
From: United States, Gaithersburg, Maryland

5,000 men and women? What a waste of money and human power! I wonder how much money that comes to in yearly salaries? ...Oh, well. I guess the illiterates need some way to make a living!
I wish it wouldn't be as parasites, though, and actually did something for the country!
Written by: Ricardolito, 28 Feb 2012 2:40 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Zona Colonial
Roy ...the latin way is very different than the British or Australian way of doing things ..but is much more fun and not nearly so stifling boring
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