In Memory of the Battle of Pichincha

The blue sky arrived just as the ceremonies ended.

The blue sky arrived just as the ceremonies ended.

In Memory of the Battle of Pichincha, the Armed Forces of Ecuador hold a day of memory and celebration on top of the world at the Cima de la Libertad, over 3,100 meters (10,170 feet) above sea level. The Battle of Pichincha is famous not only in Ecuador but all of South America because the revolutionary forces of General Antonio José de Sucre overcame the greater numbers of the Royalist Army led by Field Marshal Melchor Aymerich. It was a victory for all those fighting against Spain and the liberation of Quito was a step away from colonialism of all of South America.

This year, I was invited to attend with my husband and able to take photos from a great vantage point. For those that love the pomp and circumstance of military parades, these photos will be a joy. For those not used to the elegance and tradition of military uniforms in South America, these photos just might be a bit of a surprise.

If you would prefer to see larger versions of all photos, please click on the first one and enjoy the slideshow.

Si prefieres ver versiones más grandes de todas las fotos, por favor haga clic en el primero de ellos y disfrutar de todas.

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