Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Covid-19 Forces Cancelation of Armed Forces Day Events

For the first time in at least 37 years, Chile's Armed Forces Day went quiet. The traditional military parade in Santiago and smaller ones in other cities were canceled as the nation continued to lock itself down to fight the coronavirus. The Army marked the occasion with a modest ceremony at its academy, with President Sebastian PiƱera and other officials in attendance. Masks and other precautions, of course, were plentiful. Chile's military was far from idle, however. Troops and marines continue to be deployed along the country to enforce curfews and other measures designed to combat the pandemic. Chile has one of the highest infection and mortality rates from Covid-19. Armed Forces Day is celebrated on Sept. 19, a day after Independence Day.