SAYING GOODBYE–Rev. Jesse Jackson, of United States, waves after attending the funeral ceremony for Venezuela’s late President Hugo Chavez at the military academy in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, March 8. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) by Rev. Jesse Jackson Special to CNN (CNN) — Last Thursday night, I returned to Caracas, Venezuela, to participate in the funeral and mourning of Hugo Chavez, president of Venezuela from 1999 until his passing last week. Chavez’s death has captured the world’s attention front and center with renewed vigor and interest.