Just a quick insert and break from the James posts because…August 25, 2012 is Dia do Soldado in Brazil.
Seeing as we live in a military town, I really thought I should mention it. According to Wikipedia Soldier’s Day is like Memorial Day and the person they remember and honor this day is Luis Alves de Lima e Silva. A “peacemaker” of the Brazilian army who was responsible for the pacification and getting rid of the internal rebellion among some of Brazil’s provinces.
“Luís Alves de Lima e Silva – the Duque de Caxias is the distinguished patron of the Brazilian Army, which reveres the date of his birth – August 25 -” Memorial Day ” Caxias pacified Maranhão, São Paulo, Minas Gerais and Rio Grande do Sul provinces devastated in the last century, by serious internal rebellions and therefore received the epithet of “The Peacemaker.”
In Brazil, military service is mandatory by law since 1908. At age 18, every boy must register in some armed forces (Navy, Army or Air Force). In the structure of the Brazilian government, these are integrated into the Defense Ministry and aims at the protection of constitutional rights. The career of the young soldier provides learning values such as discipline, organization, love of country, solidarity and perseverance, among several others that guide their activities inside and outside the barracks. The soldier exerts activity in times of war and in peacekeeping, within and outside the country. Provides assistance to people in disaster situations.
Because we live in a Military town it is not uncommon to see young cadets out and about the streets.
I think there are some events and things planned in Resende today but because we are in Rio we won’t get to see them. Happy Soldier’s Day Brazil!!
Back to the James posts later today!