By Carolina Militão
Sailors Day was celebrated this Tuesday (13), with a ceremony and the awarding of the Tamandaré Merit Medal, held at the Marine Group in Brasilia. The ceremony was attended by the President of the Republic, Jair Messias Bolsonaro, and the Minister of Defense, Paulo Sérgio Nogueira de Oliveira.
Also present at the award ceremony were the Vice-President of the Republic, Hamilton Mourão; the Commander of the Navy, Fleet Admiral Almir Garnier Santos; and the Commander of the Air Force, Air Lieutenant Brigadier Carlos de Almeida Baptista Junior, among other civilian and military authorities.
Celebration – Speaking during the ceremony, Admiral Garnier emphasized the opportunity to honor Sailor’s Day. “Today we are celebrating the virtues of Tamandaré. It is an honor to be here and to be able to commemorate the performance and the struggle for a Brazil that is increasingly free and sovereign. I register my gratitude to Admiral Joaquim Marques Lisboa for inspiring strength! Congratulations to the sailors! Your efforts were never in vain. Everything for the Homeland!”, he emphasized.
On the occasion, 185 personalities and civil and military institutions were decorated for contributing to the strengthening of the traditions of the Brazilian Navy. The Tamandaré Merit Medal was created in 1957, as a way to honor the Patron of the Brazilian Navy, Admiral Joaquim Marques Lisboa, the Marquis of Tamandaré. Among the conditions for merit are moral and professional qualities, besides proven competence and exactness in the performance of duty.
Photos: Hamilton Garcia