The main businessmen of the country have paid tribute to the deceased health workers in the State tribute to all the victims of the covid-19. The event was attended by important personalities such as the presidents of BBVA, Carlos Torres , Iberdrola, Ignacio Sánchez Galán , or Telefónica, José María Álvarez Pallete , among others.
The CEOs of Repsol, Josu Jon Imaz , of Enagás, Marcelino Oreja , of Acciona Energía, Rafael Mateo , or that of Endesa, José Bogas, were also present . The president of EY, Federico Linares , and that of the CEOE employer, Antonio Garamendi , also attended the event.
King Felipe VI, accompanied by Queen Letizia, was in charge of presiding this Thursday in the Plaza de la Armería of the Royal Palace the emotional tribute. The act has also served, reports Europa Press , to remember the elderly, the pioneers of vaccination and those who have suffered the most forcefully from the virus.
The civil ceremony, organized by Moncloa with a format very similar to the first tribute held in the same place last year, has combined the memory and mourning for all the people who have lost their lives since the beginning of the pandemic, with the hope that opens with vaccination.
More than a hundred deceased professionals
More than a hundred health professionals have died as a result of the covid and about 130,000 have been infected. This tribute was intended to offer his closest relatives, his closest relatives, present at the event, the consolation and gratitude of the entire country.
The Council of Ministers on Tuesday awarded the Grand Cross of Civil Merit to 120 members of the health personnel who died from the virus. The King has delivered 102 of these decorations to the relatives of the deceased on Thursday, four publicly during the first part of the ceremony and the rest in a later private ceremony inside the Palace.
The ceremony, led by the journalist Fernando Ónega, began at nine in the morning, with the entrance of the authorities to the Plaza de la Armería, where they were distributed, along with the other guests, in seats placed in concentric circles around a cauldron.
“Too much suffering” on the back
After the arrival of the Kings, the Spanish Radio Television Orchestra, under the baton of Virginia Martínez, has interpreted the national anthem and that of the European Union and, later, the pediatric surgeon of the University Hospital of Malaga María Díaz Diñeiro took the floor , who was accompanied by her mother and sisters.
They are the relatives of Dr. Joaquín Díaz Domínguez , who was medical director and head of the Surgery and Digestive System Service of the Madrid hospital in La Paz, where he died at the age of 67 in April last year, shortly after retiring. His wife also worked as a nurse for 40 years in that center and there she gave birth to their three daughters.
Dr. Díaz Diñeiro regretted not being able to say goodbye to her father, but thanked all the professionals who cared for him in his last hours for the work and asked all users of the health system to be aware that all the staff who he attends hospitals and health centers “they carry too much suffering on their backs.”
After his speech the votive flame has been lit and the King has imposed on him the Grand Cross of Civil Merit that has been awarded to his father. He then did the same with the relatives of the other three deceased health workers, on behalf of the entire group.
At the suggestion of the Casa del Rey, an age criterion has been followed for the election of the four families of the deceased who have received this decoration in public, among which is the oldest, the youngest and a doctor not born in Spain but that he did here most of his career.
While the adage of the Concerto for Oboe by Alessandro Marcelo sounded, the crosses were picked up by the daughter of Dr. Jesús Algaba, an internationally renowned otolaryngologist who died at the age of 79 in San Sebastián.
Crying for a son
Also the father and mother of the nursing assistant of the Asturian Hospital of Jove Pablo Riesgo , who fell ill with covid, recovered but later relapsed and ended up losing his life last February, at the age of 26. His father and mother, visibly affected, have received words of consolation from the Kings, like the rest of the family.
The husband and son-in-law of gynecologist Nedialka Veleva , born in Bulgaria but nationalized Spanish, who died in January this year, aged 68, after serving in a private center in Palma, has also received the decoration.
The Kings then left a crown at the foot of the cauldron and a minute’s silence was observed, with the intermezzo of the Opera Cavalleira rusticana by Pietro Mascagni in the background, before giving way to the second part of the ceremony, which had as protagonists to the first vaccinated people in Spain.
Araceli, the first vaccinated
One of the most endearing moments has occurred when Araceli Hidalgo , the lucky 97-year-old woman who was inoculated with the first dose last December and who achieved ‘fame’ for that milestone, has intervened when she explained to the media communication of what he had felt when receiving the vaccine.
Hidalgo continues to live in the Los Olmos Residence in Guadalajara and, although he has mobility difficulties, he has not wanted to miss the tribute and has taken the opportunity to send a message to the youngest so that they “respect” the virus. She has been accompanied by her daughter Carmen -who has expressly wanted to acknowledge the work of nursing home workers- her son, her grandson and her great-granddaughter.
Older people who were among the first vaccinated in different autonomous communities and whose ages range between 78 and 96 years have also been in the Plaza de la Armería. Their presence sought to symbolize the strength of vaccination, the hope of the exit from the pandemic and the value of the group most affected by mortality in this crisis.
During the event, a video with the title of ‘Esperanza’ has been projected, in which the footballer Andrés Iniesta has intervened, presenting real histories of overcoming the pandemic and after listening to Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’, the speech has arrived King.
Felipe VI has transferred the “infinite gratitude” that the whole country feels towards those who fought in the front line against the virus, “putting their duty before their safety” and has also had a memory for all the deceased elders. Likewise, he has called to maintain prudence, since the virus is still among us and has to face this situation from “unity”.
About 45 minutes later, the event ended with the interpretation of the song ‘That’s why we sing together’, composed by Josu Elberdin, and performed by the Orfeón Pamplonés, under the direction of Igor Ijurra Fernández.
The Orfeón Pamplonés is an intergenerational choir, made up of 52 singers whose ages range from seven to 85 years. They were offered to participate in this tribute in recognition of the initiative they had during the worst moments of the pandemic when they decided to go and sing outside several nursing homes to comfort the elderly who were confined.
This act has been the first public event that the new Government has attended. The Cabinet has attended, except for the Interior Minister, Fernando Grande Marlaska, who had a meeting with his European colleagues. They have also been the premiere of the new president of the Senate, Ander Gil.
Also, they have been the president of the Congress, Meritxell Batet; those of the Supreme Court, Carlos Lesmes, and the Constitutional Court, Juan José González Rivas; the leaders of PP and Cs, Pablo Casado and Inés Arrimadas, and the PNV spokesperson, Aitor Esteban, among others.
The bulk of the regional presidents have also joined. Only those from Catalonia, Pere Aragonès; Euskadi, Íñigo Urkullu, Extremadura, Guillermo Fernández Vara, and Aragón, Javier Lambán. For the second year in a row, Vox has distanced itself from what it considers an act of propaganda.