President Juan Manuel Santos thanked Colombia’s Armed Forces Friday in honor of the country’s 202nd Independence Day.
“The freedom that we have today, we owe to these soldiers, these sailors, these pilots, these policemen,” Santos said, standing at the head of a military parade on San Andres Island, located 750km off of the Colombian mainland.
Santos thanked the troops on behalf of 47 million Colombians. “What pride I have, as head of the Republic, to also be your commander in chief,” he added.
Colombia gained its independence on July 20, 1810, when patriots stormed the Spanish viceroy’s palace in Bogota and forced him to allow for limited independence.