Army Day memorializes the establishment of the People’s Liberation Army in 1927. It’s a state holiday to recognize China’s armed forces.
Mark Your Calendars
Army Day 2017 is August 1, 2017. It takes place every year on August 1.
Here’s a simple guide to a holiday filled with military speeches and pageantry.
The People’s Liberation Army was founded on August 1, 1927, in Nanchang during a rebellion against nationalist Kuomintang forces. Known simply as the Red Army during the Chinese Civil War, the People’s Liberation Army assumed its role as the armed forces of the People’s Republic of China in 1949. Today, the People’s Liberation Army counts more than 2 million personnel.
Army Day Traditions
You’re unlikely to see any public celebration of Army Day outside of China, except for perhaps a joint ceremony with a host country at a foreign embassy. Otherwise, this is a domestic state occasion marked by speeches and military demonstrations.
When is Army Day?
Army Day takes place every year on August 1. Active military personnel receive a half day off for Army Day.
Army Day dates through 2026 are below
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