Trafalgar remembered at spot where Nelson died
21 October 2005, CADIZ — A wreath has been laid where Admiral Lord Nelson died as part of the 200th anniversary celebrations of his victory over France and Spain at Trafalgar.
21 October 2005
CADIZ — A wreath has been laid where Admiral Lord Nelson died as part of the 200th anniversary celebrations of his victory over France and Spain at Trafalgar.
Naval ships from Britain, Spain and France will mark the anniversary off the coast of Cadiz.
Descendents of Admiral Lord Nelson were gathered off Cadiz, along with representatives of all three governments.
Spain's defence minister Jose Bono paid tribute to the 4,000 sailors from all sides who died in the battle.
In Britain, The Chaplain of the Fleet said prayers with a 60-strong Navy band on Nelson's ship, the HMS Victory, in Portsmouth, before the wreath was laid on the deck.
The occasion is being celebrated throughout Britain.
The Queen is due to light the first of 1,000 beacons at HMS Victory later.
First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Alan West, said he was amazed how the anniversary had "gripped the spirit of Britain".
The 1805 battle is seen as ending Napoleon's plans to invade Britain and establishing British supremacy at sea.
In the battle, a Royal Navy fleet beat a combined French and Spanish fleet, but Nelson was killed by a French marksman.
"It's almost a Nelson-fever going on," Sir Alan said, adding: "Nelson is a hero to every Navy in the world."
Royal Navy ships' bells will mark the battle's start at noon, with more than 6,000 other events over the weekend.
After lighting the beacon, the Queen will attend a dinner in the great cabin of HMS Victory - Lord Nelson's ship - and her toast to the naval hero will be broadcast live.
As well as a host of such formal activities, there will be thousands of small-scale events, ranging from celebratory breakfasts, to parades, concerts and fireworks spectaculars.
The events will end on Sunday with a parade in London's Trafalgar Square before church bells peal throughout the UK to commemorate those who died in maritime conflict.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news