National Guard´s Day
Many countries all across the world have their own National Guard Day and the date that this holiday is observed in that country is determined by when this component of the armed forces was created in that country. That’s why National Guard’s Day is celebrated in Venezuela on August 4th each year.
That is the date when it was created in 1937. In this country, it’s not a public holiday but is more of a holiday that’s observed by the government and the National Guard. As a result, businesses remain open on this day and people adhere to their normal work schedules.
The History Of National Guard’s Day In Venezuela
On August 4, 1937, President of the Republic and General-in-Chief Eleazar Lopez Contreras created the Venezuela National Guard as one of the four components of Venezuela’s Armed Forces. Earlier reiterations of this branch of the military go back to the early 19th century and were founded by President Jose Antonio Paez. However, that early reiteration was disbanded, which is why the anniversary of the 1937 founding is used to commemorate this holiday.
Today, Venezuela’s National Guard has the same uniforms and rank insignia as the Venezuelan Army with a few minor differences. For example, the Venezuelan Army wears black berets, but the National Guard wears maroon ones instead. The motto of this organization is “El Honor es su divisa,” which means “Honor is its Emblem” in English.
Observing National Guard’s Day In Venezuela
As we mentioned earlier, this is mainly a holiday that’s observed by the National Guard and select members of the Venezuelan government. It’s not a holiday that the public usually participates in celebrating. For the National Guard, this holiday is usually celebrated with military parades and bands, color displays, and the awarding of medals and commendations to select members of the service.
High-ranking National Guard members and sometimes politicians will give speeches on this day as well. It’s a day for all members of the National Guard to show respect for the organization they serve and to be proud of their service.