December 17, 1961
JFK VISITS TOMB OF SIMON BOLIVAR
Caracas, Venezuela (JFK+50) President John F. Kennedy laid a wreath at the tomb of Simon Bolivar here in Caracas this morning.*
*Simon Bolivar (1783-1830) led the independence movement for six nations & became known as "The Liberator".
He was born in Caracas & was educated in military school.
Painting by Ricardo Acevedo Bernal
Simon Bolivar played a major role in the independence movement in Latin America. Through his leadership, Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia & Venezuela won their independence from Spain.
Bolivar, who died at the age of 47, is buried in the National Pantheon of Venezuela.
"The new spirit of this hemisphere requires the elimination of all tyranny until this is a continent....of free men living under a system of liberty."
Statue of Simon Bolivar
Photo by Jyothis (2009)