1. Monuments by the Salvadoran government. Unthinkable just five years ago, the center-left Salvadoran government of Mauricio Funes (pictured, driving along the new road with Archbishop Romero's brother, Gaspar) pushed his attempts to rebrand Romero in El Salvador, naming a new major traffic artery in San Salvador in his honor, and marketing a Romero City Tour that will take visitors to Romero sites in and around the Salvadoran capital city where Romero lived. The “Msgr. Romero Boulevard” was the highest profile construction project in El Salvador in the last decade and is the largest structure named after Archbishop Romero, anywhere in the world. The Romero City Tours have been promoted by the government in Italy and London to project a new image overseas.
2. Monuments by the Salvadoran Diaspora and others outside El Salvador. In California, the U.S. state with the largest Salvadoran population, the approval of a “Plaza Romero” by the L.A. City Council marked an important milestone for the local Salvadoran community’s growing clout and was an example of Salvadorans looking beyond their ideological differences to rally around Romero as a unifying figure. Another noteworthy tribute was the bust dedicated by the government of Panama. The unveiling was attended by the Salvadoran Foreign Minister and the Archbishop of Panama.