Buenos Aires, Argentina. Yesterday the 439th anniversary of the second founding of the capital city was celebrated. In honor of the re-founder, Juan de Garay, the festivities took place at the plaza that carries his name, meters from the Casa Rosada and right next to the century’s old Tree of Gernika. Representatives of the local Basque community participated in the ceremony presided by the minister of Urban Development and Transportation of the city’s government, Franco Moccia. Sara Pagola, delegate of Euskadi, and the president of the Juan de Garay Foundation, Diergo Ibarbia, also attended laying a wreath at the foot of the Juan de Garay monument.
When it was time to sing the National Anthem, performed by the Patricios military band, the students from the Euskal Echea School carried the flags. The ceremony also included a blessing by Monsignor Joaquin Sucunza, Auxiliary Bishop of Buenos Aires.
The city of Buenos Aires was re-founded on June 11, 1580 by Juan de Garay and the first foundation was also thanks to a Basque explorer, Pedro de Mendoza, who laid the foundations of the city on February 2nd, with some authors indicating that it was on the 3rd, in 1536.