BUENOS AIRES – Argentine President Mauricio Macri presided on Monday over the main event of Argentine Flag Day, during which he renewed his commitment to “change” in the South American country, change that would include “zero poverty” and a war on drugs.
At the foot of the Monument to the Flag in the city of Rosario, Macri invited Argentines on this festive day to commit to “a work ethic, respect for others, dialogue and living together in harmony.”
The president said that this Flag Day, which commemorates the death of independence hero Manuel Belgrano (1770-1820), the national flag’s creator, is “special” because Argentina declared its independence exactly 200 years ago next July 9.
“Two hundred years ago, thousands of Argentines promised to work together, believing that with freedom they would build a better society, and decided to be the leaders” of their own country, “and that brought us to where we are today,” Macri said.
The head of state invited the approximately 5,000 children present at the event, and who Monday pledged loyalty to the Argentine flag, to experience next July 9 “with joy and emotion as the next century” of Argentina begins.
Macri, who took office as president last December after 12 years of Kirchnerism in power, recalled that Argentines “not long ago” decided they wanted “change, and that change must be based on clear, concrete goals, like the goals of those who declared our independence.”