El Carmen de Cádiz: silver anniversary for a Gold Medal

El Carmen de Cádiz: silver anniversary for a Gold Medal

El Carmen de Cádiz: silver anniversary for a Gold Medal

Cádiz had a mayor, male, but not of Podemos, who at that time did not even consider its existence. Secular Europe was also not in one mu...
Comments Wednesday, May 13, 2020
El Carmen de Cádiz: silver anniversary for a Gold Medal


Cádiz had a mayor, male, but not of Podemos, who at that time did not even consider its existence. Secular Europe was also not in one municipality and another posing lawsuits for this type of decorations. And in the City Council, these issues lasted as long as it took the secretary to verify the unanimity of the agreement. On this day, like 25 years ago, the Virgen del Carmen received from the hands of Carlos Díaz the city's Gold Medal; the same one that eight years earlier had been imposed by the socialist mayor himself on the Virgin of La Palma, the one that in 2011 would be delivered to Servitas or the one that received the Virgin of the Rosary with enormous controversy in 2017.

In 1995, the City Council unanimously approved in an ordinary session of the Plenary on April 6 to award the city gold medal to the Virgen del Carmen, coinciding with the 350th anniversary that the brotherhood of its canonical approval was preparing to celebrate (after to be founded in 1638). And several weeks later, on May 13, the Corporation under maces appeared in the Carmen church to proceed to deliver this civil recognition.

“Cádiz yesterday made clear his devotion and affection to the Virgen del Carmen, who received the city's gold medal during a solemn act that was held in the Carmelite church and which was attended by the first authorities from Cádiz. Mayor Carlos Díaz imposed on the image the award, unanimously awarded by the Municipal Corporation, faithful to the feelings of the people of Cádiz, amid a prolonged ovation from the large public that filled the temple, which was joined by the peal of the bells ”, read the cover of Diario de Cádiz from May 14, with the photo of the mayor imposing the medal that accompanies this memory today.

The chronicle of that Saturday in May, signed by the always remembered Emilio López, tells how the Virgin appeared that day on the table of the main altar, adorned with white flowers, in a solemn act that in addition to the members of the Corporation (among those who were the socialists Salvador Ramallo and Carlos Mariscal, or the popular Guillermo Boto and Miguel Medina) were attended by the chief admiral of the Strait Maritime Zone, Carlos Sánchez de Toca; the Civil Governor, César Braña; the delegate of Defense, Agustín Albarracín; the director of the Hydrographic Institute, José María Fernández de la Puente; or the commander of the Navy, José Manuel Braña.

Interior of the Iglesia del Carmen, during the act of imposing the Gold Medal to the Virgen del Carmen, on May 13, 1995Interior of the Iglesia del Carmen, during the act of imposing the Gold Medal to the Virgen del Carmen , May 13, 1995
Interior of the Iglesia del Carmen, during the act of imposing the Gold Medal to the Virgen del Carmen, on May 13, 1995 / KIKI

Curiously, Teófila Martínez, the then candidate for mayor of the Popular Party, would attend this ceremony. Only a few days later she would win the elections and start her 20-year government at the head of the Cádiz City Council. And is that the imposition of this gold medal was one of the last acts that Carlos Díaz would star as mayor of the city.

At the religious level, the Carmelite provincial, the superior of the order in Cádiz, the president of the Council (then Manuel Cerezo), a Juan Manuel Alcedo who would then be vice-president of the Diocesan (and shortly afterwards would accede to the ceremony) attended the ceremony. the presidency of the Council) or various older brothers who then presided over the Cadiz brotherhoods; starting with Manuel de Pando, who was then the maximum representative of the Carmelite brotherhood.

Among the first banks was also a young José Francisco Trigo, who that year would be the crier of the 350th anniversary of that canonical approval and who today is the maximum representative of the brotherhood. "That May 13, 1995 I remember it with emotion, especially the moment when the mayor went up the stairs and imposed the medal that came to recognize that it is one of the great devotions of Cádiz. For the brotherhood it was a historic day ”, Wheat remembers today, when he does not hide“ the enormous joy of being able to live 25 years after this anniversary ”.

diariodecadiz

Comments


No comments

  • Link
  • Link
  • Link
  • Link
  • Link
  • Link
  • Link
  • Link
  • Link
  • Link
  • Link