Pilots from the Servicio de Vigilancia Aérea and others in the security ministry will confer pilot’s wings on the Virgen de Los Ángeles July 31 at the basilica in Cartago, the ministry said Thursday. The presentation will take place at a special 6 p.m. Mass for police and related occupations.
With the heavenly connections maintained by the Virgin, the wings, a symbol of being a pilot, are totally symbolic. but some of the missions made by ministry pilots bring them in close contact with God, too. These are the pilots that perform hundreds of mercy missions every year, sometimes braving heavy rains and other dangerous conditions to pluck an injured or ailing child from the high Talamancas.
Pilots and other members of the ministry also have agreed to perform security duty at the basilica in Cartago during the various ceremonies Aug. 2, the last day of the annual pilgrimage.