Armed Forces Day in Romania Date in the current year: October 25, 2016

Armed Forces Day in Romania Many countries have special holidays dedicated to their military, and Romania is no exception. Armed Forces Day in Romania is celebrated on October 25. On this day in 1944, the Romanian Army liberated the city of Carei from Nazi occupation.

The Romanian Armed Forces were created in 1860, right after the principalities of Wallachia and Moldavia united to form a single state, that would be later named Romania. During WWII, Romanian dictator Ion Antonescu supported Nazi Germany, but in August 1944 King Michael I of Romania led the coup that deposed Antonescu and put Romania on the Allies side.

After the coup, the Romanian Army started to fight against the Wehrmacht alongside the Soviet Army. In October 1944, Romanian troops reached the Romania-Hungary border. The last Romanian city to be liberated from Nazis was Carei. The liberation of Carei coincided with King Michael's birthday, October 25. This day was later officially designated as Armed Forces Day.

Romanian Armed Forces Day, also known as Romanian Army Day, is not a public holiday, but it is still widely celebrated throughout the country. It is marked with official speeches, solemn ceremonies, military parades and other events and activities.

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