Navy Day in Ukraine
In Ukraine, there’s a holiday that celebrates the founding of the Ukrainian Navy. This holiday is known as Day of the Workers of the Ukrainian Navy, or simply just Navy Day. This holiday is celebrated in July every year and it’s a holiday that’s been celebrated since the mid-1990s.
This is mainly a holiday for the Ukrainian Navy to reflect on its own professionalism. That’s why many members of this service are awarded with rank advancement, medals, and honors. This is also a holiday that features a naval parade at the seaport of Odessa.
The History Of Navy Day In Ukraine
In August of 1991, Ukraine declared its independence and in 1992, the Armed Forces of Ukraine was created. From 2012 to 2015, this country had the same date for its Navy Day as Russia. This date was the last Sunday of July.
In August of 2014, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko declared that the country shouldn’t celebrate the holiday of Russia, but instead should celebrate its own Navy Day. That is why this holiday was moved from the last Sunday in July to the first Sunday in July as ordered by a Presidential Decree on June 12, 2015.
Observing Navy Day In Ukraine
Starting with a naval parade in the port city of Odessa and continuing with many different commemoration services, this holiday is observed all across Ukraine. Distinguished employees of the service are given state awards, commemorative gifts, and even words of gratitude from their commanding officers. The hashtag #NavyDayUkraine can be used on social media to spread the news about this holiday online.