The San Isidro Military Base in Mahón has once again hosted the celebration of the Patron Saints of the Arms and Corps of the Army in Menorca, which this year coincides with the fifth centenary of Santa Bárbara as patron saint of the Spanish Artillery. The act, carried out this morning, consisted of a mass officiated by the Diocesan Administrator of Menorca, D. Gerardo Villalonga and D. Juan Miguel Sastre, the pertinent addresses and the Act of Homage to those who gave their lives for Spain, carried out by the small crew of professional soldiers stationed at the base that ended, as tradition establishes, with the offering of a wreath of flowers.
All the soldiers stationed in the square were present at the ceremony and a large number of them were not active, since the square, with its deep-rooted military tradition, once had a large garrison, which is why today they reside on the island. large number of former military The majority of the island’s civil authorities have also attended.
After the traditional gloss on the figure of the Immaculate Conception, Colonel Víctor Manuel Herrero intervened, who stated the following: “…This celebration is one more example of the great cohesion and camaraderie that reigns among those of us who carry or have wearing the uniform of the Army… Fellowship is one of the great military virtues and today, once again, we have to highlight it with joy to congratulate our colleague from the Ministry of Defense, who will be recognized for her work throughout these years, with a well-deserved reward such as the Military Merit Cross with White Distinction”.
In the course of such an important event, the Military Merit Cross with a White Distinction has been awarded to the labor personnel Ms. Catalina Balaguer Martí, for their merits, works, actions, deeds and distinguished services carried out during the provision of the missions and services that Ordinarily or extraordinarily they have been entrusted to the Armed Forces, which are related to Defense and are not defined in the three previous sections of this chapter.