HUNDREDS of people congregated in Marbella over the weekend to swear allegiance to Spain by kissing the Spanish flag.
This formal event referred to as celebration of la Jura de Bandera para personal Civil is undertaken around much of Spain by Spanish citizens over the age of 18 who commit to uphold and defend the Constitution and the rule of the King.
A formal declaration is made by civilians (not members of the military who undertake a slightly longer process) who then proceed to kiss the flag as a visible sign of their support for the Constitution.
The mayor of Marbella Ángeles Muñoz was on hand to start the ceremony and she thanked the various divisions of the Spanish Legion who were present over the two days of the event.
Saturday saw a concert by the band of the Legion in the church of Our Lady of the Incarnation and Sunday saw the actual swearing of the oath and kissing of the flag in the Avenida Ramón y Cajal following a church service and a tribute to those who had ‘fallen’ in the past.