Day of the Glories of the Chilean Army in Chile in 2023

Day of the Glories of the Chilean Army in Chile in 2023
Noncommissioned Officers' School during on 19 September 2014 Image by Marcelo Gonzalez

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2024 Chile Thu, Sep 19 National Holiday
2023 Chile Tue, Sep 19 National Holiday
2022 Chile Mon, Sep 19 National Holiday
2021 Chile Sun, Sep 19 National Holiday
2020 Chile Sat, Sep 19 National Holiday
  Summary

September 19th, the day after Independence Day is also a national holiday in Chile. It is effectively the grand finale of the Independence celebrations

  Local name
Día de las Glorias del Ejército
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When is Chilean Army Day?

September 19th, the day after Independence Day is also a national holiday in Chile. It is effectively the grand finale of the Independence celebrations.

It culminates in the Great Military Parade of Chile, led by the Chilean Armed Forces, which commemorates the glories of the Chilean Army, in Santiago's O'Higgins Park.

History of Chilean Army Day

While the country was under Spanish rule, a military parade was held whenever a new governor-general took office in Santiago. The First Government Junta’s formal inauguration took place in the city on September 19th 1810, as the first military parade of the new nation.

The National Army of Chile was created on December 2nd 1810, by order of the First National Government Junta.

The Day of the Glories of the Chilean Army was established in 1915. On September 28th 1819, a parade with all the nation’s army units was held to celebrate the victory in the Chilean War of Independence.

President Joaquin Prieto ordered a military exercise on La Pampilla fields in 1831, and President Manuel Bulnes obtained lands in the Pampilla area for annual military parades in 1842, leading to its transformation into a military installation in 1845. This land became O’Higgins Park in 1873 following the efforts of Luis Cousiño, who was inspired by European parks and decided to infuse a similar design with Chilean features. He commissioned Manuel Arana to design it, and Arana included the Field of Mars that has been used in the annual military parades since.

The purpose of this holiday is to remember all those who have fought in Chilean battles, in which the country has been victorious or defeated; the courage and courage of those who protected the country and its inhabitants are remembered.

The Chilean Army is one of the most technologically advanced and professional armies in the Americas.

Note that the Chilean Navy has its own public holiday. The Day of the Glories of the Chilean Navy is observed on May 21st and marks the date of the battle of Iquique on that day in 1879.

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