Taiwan Armed Forces Day

Taiwan Armed Forces Day

September 3
Founded in 1955, Armed Forces Day in Taiwan honors that country's military and celebrates their victory over the Japanese in World War II. Called in Taiwan the War of Resistance, that struggle actually began before World War II when Japan invaded the Chinese mainland.
The day is marked by military parades featuring special units chosen for their precision and outstanding performance. A troop-cheering by the onlookers is also part of the celebration, as are educational activities covering the history of the war period and the role played by the Taiwanese military in defeating the enemy. A speech is delivered by the national defense minister in which he honors those soldiers who fought in the War of Resistance and their surviving families. The day is also marked by the members of the armed forces having a rare day off from work.
CONTACTS:
Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States
4201 Wisconsin Ave. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20016
202-895-1850; fax: 202-362-6144
www.taiwanembassy.org/us/mp.asp?mp=12
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