Honduras Soldiers' Day

Honduras Soldiers' Day

October 3
This celebration is held on the birthday of Francisco Morazán (1792–1842), a highly revered Honduran general and statesman. Along with serving as the head of state of his own country, he was also a three-time president of the Central American Federation, a short-lived republic composed of several present-day countries of that region. Morazán's achievements as a military leader in various liberation struggles led the Honduran government to designate his birthday as the official date to honor the country's soldiers.
The day's main celebration is a military parade that takes place in Tegucigalpa, Honduras's capital city. The procession features the service members of every branch of the armed forces, along with dozens of tanks and artillery carriers. The 1997 celebration featured an air display by military helicopters and jet aircraft.
CONTACTS:
Honduran Embassy
3007 Tilden St. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008
202-966-7702; fax: 202-966-9751
SOURCES:
AnnivHol-2000, p. 167
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