The City of Knowledge Foundation carried out its traditional Planting of Panamanian Flags, which is celebrated every year to commemorate the beginning of the Month of the Country, on Wednesday, October 30 in front of its main building.
This year, as part of the celebration of the 20 years of the City of Knowledge, the honor as orator of the act corresponded to former President Ernesto Pérez Balladares, who presented at the first Latin American Summit (Miami, 1996) the idea of changing soldiers for students and weapons for books, paving the way for the creation of the innovative community for social change that is today the City of Knowledge.
Pérez Balladares stated that “I thought about the epic actions of those professionals and young people who, defying the jurisdictional limitations of the time, planted flags in the old Canal Zone. I thought about the epic actions of those institutes and university students who on January 9, 1964 decided that sovereignty and our flag were worth more than their own lives.” And he added that “if there is a place in our country that represents and remembers all those epic actions, it’s the City of Knowledge.”
The Planting of Flags carried out by the City of Knowledge since 2004 is inspired by the patriotic deed of 1958 and constitutes a testimony of gratitude to all generations of Panamanians who fought to recover our sovereignty throughout the national territory. This ceremony reiterates each year our commitment to the task of contributing to create a prosperous, equitable, democratic and sustainable future for Panama.
For Dr. Juan David Morgan, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the City of Knowledge Foundation, “today’s date is important because it allows us to know why there is City of Knowledge.” For his part, Professor Jorge Arosemena, Executive President of the City of Knowledge Foundation, stressed that “this special act commemorates and reiterates our full sovereignty.”
The event, which was attended by people of various ages and nationalities, included the participation of Colaquito Cortez and his band, of the Typical Ensemble of the City of Knowledge and the band of the Moisés Castillo Ocaña school of La Chorrera.