At noon today, the farewell lunch of the Infantry Colonel was held, organized by the Asociación de Meigas de las Hogueras de San Juan, in the restaurant of El Corte Inglés de Marina, Juan Ruesta Botella, hitherto Commander of the Northern Tercio, and his wife Arancha Montesinos.
The lunch was attended by, among the guests, the General of the Marine Corps, Carlos Pérez-Urruti, head of the Army Protection Force; the Defense Delegate in Galicia, Antonio Bernal; the Naval Commander of La Coruña, Ramón Fernández Borra; the Air Commander of Santiago, Colonel Manuel Muñoz Mompó; the Colonel chief of the Command of the Civil Guard, Francisco Javier Jambrina, as well as friends and collaborators.
By the Board of the Meigas Association, the President, Mª Concepción Astray; the Meiga Mayor 20, Candela Mosquera and the Secretary General of the Association, Sonia Aristegui. Virginia Martínez-Esparza, Meiga Mayor Honorífica also attended the lunch.
To desserts, Meiga Mayor 20, Candela Mosquera, presented Arancha Montesinos with her appointment as Honorable Meiga Mayor, which was granted to her by the Asociación de Meigas in past dates. In the offer, the Meiga Mayor, pointed out, addressing Arancha that “from today you become part of the great family of the Meigas in which you are already one of us and do not forget that, Meiga is once but is it is forever. “
Arancha Montesinos, thanked the appointment, indicating that she felt very proud to receive the distinction and that she considered herself one more Meiga.
Subsequently, the President of the Association, Mª Concepción Astray, presented Colonel Ruesta with an image of San Juan, Patron of the Association, thanking him for all the collaboration provided by the Third of the North and making vows so that the image of the Holy Precursor watches over him and his family.
The event was closed by Colonel Ruesta, thanking the tribute and making a brief sketch of his collaboration with the Asociación de Meigas. It should not be forgotten that the Association’s appointment as “Friend of the Marine Corps” is due to the management of Colonel Ruesta.
(Photos: C. Fernández)