To celebrate their countries’ independence from Spain (which happened on this date in 1821), here’s a quick post featuring the temples of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. Look for full posts on these temples in the future!
San José Costa Rica - Dedicated 4 June 2000 (Source: ldschurchtemples.org, photo by John R. Lewis)
San Salvador El Salvador - Dedicated 21 August 2011 (Source: ldschurchtemples.org, photo by Francisco Castro)
Guatemala City Guatemala - Dedicated 14 December 1984 (Source: ldschurchtemples.org, photo by Henok Montoya)
Quetzaltenango Guatemala - Dedicated 11 December 2011 (Source: lds.org)
Tegucigalpa Honduras - Dedicated 17 March 2013 (Source: ldschurchtemples.org, photo by
Luis S. Ochoa Durón)
Jermaine Medley, Mechanical Engineering Major from Louisiana
Maria Valverde, Chemical Engineering major from Honduras
Zola Francis (L) Chemistry major from Florida and Anabel Liyen ® Biochem major from CubaPaola Moncada (L) a Civil Engineering major from Honduras and Soraya Hasbun ® an Architecture major from El Salvador.
Hari Narayan ® snaps a photo for Aakarsh Palnitkar (L) of Hyderabad, India.
NICARAGUA, Managua : An elderly woman has her mouth and nose covered
with a piece of cloth as Health Ministry workers fumigate against the
Aedes aegypti mosquito to prevent the spread of dengue fever and
chikungunya in Managua, on August 25, 2015. The Nicaraguan government
issued a health alert as a dengue fever and chikungunya epidemic have
killed 9 people and infected nearly 200,000 between January and August
this year in Central America. Alerts have been declared in Nicaragua, El
Salvador and Guatemala. AFP PHOTO / INTI OCON
Candlelight vigil in memory of the 1932 uprising in Izalco, El Salvador. Following an uprising of mostly indigenous peasants against government repression and voting irregularities, state and militia forces killed perhaps 30,000 people. Popularly known as la matanza, this watershed event was understood to be the end of indigeneity in El Salvador for decades. After the end of the Cold War and communist claims, many people are reclaiming their history, and their identity.
Una marcha fue organizada en Izalco el 21 de enero 2014 para conmemorar el 82 aniversario de la levantamiento indígena de 1932. Los miembros de la “Alcaldía del Común”, una estructura de organización comunal de orígenes en la colonia, participaran de la procesión. Según los historiadores se calcula que el ejercito salvadoreño mato a 25 mil personas para sofocar el levantamiento de la población indígena en la zona occidental de El Salvador. Vea más fotografías en el siguiente enlace: http://goo.gl/skVMcI
EL SALVADOR, San Salvador : Catholic faithfuls take part in the
procession of San Salvador’s patron saint Divino Salvador del Mundo
(Divine Savior of the World) in San Salvador, El Salvador on August 5,
2015. AFP PHOTO/Marvin RECINOS
Traveling abroad with the President is very different.
Often times, I am at the mercy of the host country for access. Some countries are more accommodating to me than others. I am lucky to have counterpart official photographers in many countries who are extremely helpful to me in this regard. I of course try to return the help to them when they visit the White House with their head of state.
We’re also rarely in any one country for more than a couple of days, which gives us only a partial glimpse of each place. And because of security, the sites we are able to visit are often limited too.
All that said, we’ve had the incredible opportunity to visit the Pyramids in Egypt, Stonehenge in the United Kingdom, the Great Wall in China, Petra in Jordan, and the Shwedagon Pagoda in Myanmar (Burma). (So I really shouldn’t complain too much.)
I hope you enjoy this gallery. And stay tuned — we’ll be adding a photograph from Kenya and additionally, Ethiopia, following his visit next week.
Boarding Air Force One at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, May 1, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Holding a koala before the G20 in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, Nov. 15, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Meeting with Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo and King Philippe in Waregem, Belgium, March 26, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Visiting the Christ the Redeemer Statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, March 20, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Departing Phnom Penh International Airport in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Nov. 20, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Waving to onlookers from the Presidential limousine near Ward Market in Ottawa, Canada, during his first foreign trip as President, February 19, 2009.
EL SALVADOR, Usulután : Two kids play on a swing, in Usulutan, 110 km
south of San Salvador on July 08, 2015. Government authorities estimate
that more than 40,000 farmers –mostly maize growers– have been
affected by the drought. AFP PHOTO / MARVIN RECINOS