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Public School in Montevideo Unveils George Washington Bust

The American icon of liberty and democracy honored during unveiling ceremony

Posted: November 4, 2005

A cake commemorating the historical friendship between Uruguay and the United States was served by the staff of Public School No.6 to celebrate the unveiling of a bust of George Washington. (U.S. Embassy photo by Mauricio Puente)

A cake commemorating the historical friendship between Uruguay and the United States was served by the staff of Public School No.6 to celebrate the unveiling of a bust of George Washington.

Public School No.6 "Estados Unidos", one of several elementary schools in Montevideo named after countries, held a lively ceremony November 1, 2005, to unveil a bust of George Washington in the school lobby.

The director of the school, Ana Migliarini, presided over the unveiling ceremony along with Enrique Mena Segarra, director of the National Historical Museum, Ana Maria Robledo, from the National Administration of Public Schools (ANEP), and Linda Gonzalez, U.S. Public Affairs officer (PAO). They each spoke about the significant importance of Washington in the history of liberty.

In her remarks, PAO Gonzalez told the students "I hope that each day when you enter the school and look at the bust of Washington you remember not only his principles of liberty and democracy but also his personal courage."

After the unveiling of the statue, the school choir gave very artistic and emotional renditions of the national anthems of both countries, as well as several other songs by local composers.

REMARKS BY U.S. PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICER LINDA GONZALEZ AT UNVEILING OF GEORGE WASHINGTON BUST (AS DELIVERED IN SPANISH, NOVEMBER 1, 2005):

Es un verdadero placer para mí, como representante de la Embajada de los Estados Unidos, estar hoy aquí junto a ustedes, descubriendo el busto de George Washington.

Comandante en jefe de los ejércitos norteamericanos durante la Revolución, y Presidente de la Asamblea Constituyente de 1787, George Washington fue elegido por unanimidad primer presidente de la nueva nación, y reelegido en 1792. No hay duda que pudo haberse conservado en el ejercicio de la primera magistratura mientras viviera, pues ningún hombre ha sido más admirado y reverenciado por su pueblo.

La influencia de George Washington en las Américas es realmente debido a su ejemplo personal, su decisión clave para mantener la democracia en los EE.UU. Cuando le ofrecieron ser rey, él respondió que no, confiando en el esfuerzo de su pueblo para establecer la democracia. Con esta decisión personal nuestro primer presidente, mantuvo el camino a la libertad. Es realmente este liderazgo y coraje personal que honramos hoy y celebramos con esta linda presentación del busto de un gran hombre y líder.

Washington también renunció voluntariamente a ser elegido para un tercer mandato, considerando que sería perjudicial para el régimen constitucional de libertades.

Espero que cada día, cuando lleguen a esta escuela y miren al busto de Washington, recuerden no sólo sus principios de libertad y democracia sino también su coraje personal.

Espero también que este busto sea un símbolo más de los lazos de amistad que unen a nuestros dos pueblos. MUCHAS GRACIAS.

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Enrique Mena Segarra, National Historical Museum director, addressing the children of Public School No.6 during the unveiling of the George Washington bust. (U.S. Embassy photo by Mauricio Puente)
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Enrique Mena Segarra, National Historical Museum director, addressing the children of Public School No.6 during the unveiling of the George Washington bust, November 1, 2005. The director underlined the significant importance of Washington in the history of liberty.
 

U.S. Public Affairs officer Linda Gonzalez speaking at the unveiling of the George Washington bust stated, "I hope that each day when you enter the school and look at the bust of Washington you remember not only his principles of liberty and democracy but also his personal courage." (U.S. Embassy photo by Mauricio Puente)
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U.S. Public Affairs officer Linda Gonzalez speaking at the unveiling of the George Washington bust stated, "I hope that each day when you enter the school and look at the bust of Washington you remember not only his principles of liberty and democracy but also his personal courage."


School choir gave very artistic and emotional renditions of the U.S. and Uruguayan national anthems as well as several other songs by local composers during the unveiling of the bust of George Washington. (U.S. Embassy photo by Mauricio Puente)
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School choir gave very artistic and emotional renditions of the U.S. and Uruguayan national anthems as well as several other songs by local composers during the unveiling of the bust of George Washington.

School director Ana Migliarini showing books presented to Public School No.6 "Estados Unidos" by U.S. Public Affairs officer Linda Gonzalez during the unveiling of the bust of George Washington, November 1, 2005. (U.S. Embassy photo by Mauricio Puente)
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School director Ana Migliarini showing books presented to Public School No.6 "Estados Unidos" by U.S. Public Affairs officer Linda Gonzalez during the unveiling of the bust of George Washington.


National Historic Museum director Enrique Mena Segarra, school director Ana Magliarini, ANEP´s Ana Maria Robledo, and U.S. Public Affairs officer Linda Gonzalez unveiling the George Washington bust, November 1, 2005. (U.S. Embassy photo by Mauricio Puente)
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National Historic Museum director Enrique Mena Segarra, school director Ana Magliarini, ANEP's Ana Maria Robledo, and U.S. Public Affairs officer Linda Gonzalez unveiling the George Washington bust.
 

School director Ana Magliarini, National Historic Museum director Enrique Mena Segarra, ANEP´s Ana Maria Robledo, and U.S. Public Affairs officer Linda Gonzalez celebrate the unveiling of a bust of George Washington while unidentified assistant folds the American flag. (U.S. Embassy photo by Mauricio Puente)
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School director Ana Magliarini, National Historic Museum director Enrique Mena Segarra, ANEP's Ana Maria Robledo, and U.S. Public Affairs officer Linda Gonzalez celebrate the unveiling of the bust of George Washington while unidentified assistant folds the American flag.


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