Day of the Veterans for the year 2023 is celebrated/observed on Sunday, April 2nd. There are until the next observance.

The Day of the Veterans, commonly known as Malvinas Day, is an annual holiday celebrated in Argentina on April 2. It is a national holiday commemorating the deaths in the 1982 Falkland Islands War. The holiday was established on November 22, 2000, to replace the Day of Argentine Sovereignty over the Malvinas, Sandwich, and South Atlantic Islands, which was formerly marked on June 10 to commemorate the appointment of a governor over the islands in 1892. 649 Argentines, 255 Britons, and three Falkland Islanders were killed during the 74-day occupation, which lasted from April 2 to June 14, 1982. On June 14, 1982, Argentina gave up the islands to the UK. The UK then took back control of the islands.

📆 When is Day of the Veterans?

This year, Day of the Veterans is on April 2nd. It is the 1st Sunday in April; in 2024, it is on Tuesday.

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📜 History of Day of the Veterans

Argentina attacked the Falkland Islands on April 2, 1982. In the face of overwhelming military force, the British governor of the islands, Rex Hunt, surrendered at 9:15 a.m. and was evacuated from the islands and transferred to Montevideo, Uruguay. Argentina captured South Georgia and the uninhabited South Sandwich Islands the next day, and Brigadier General Mario Menendez was named Military Governor. The Argentine Peso was quickly accepted as the official currency of the islands, and the official driving side was changed from left to right. Residents deemed troublesome by the Argentines were expelled, imprisoned, or placed under house arrest. Despite this, only a few isolated incidents of maltreatment of Falkland Islanders occurred. Argentina succumbed to Britain on June 14, 1982, after a 74-day occupation and hard warfare. During the conflict, 649 Argentines, 255 Britons, and three Falkland Islanders were killed.

On November 22, 2000, Malvinas Day was established as the Day of the Veterans and Fallen of the Malvinas War. The new holiday superseded the Day of Argentine Sovereignty over the Malvinas, Sandwich, and South Atlantic Islands, which was formerly commemorated on June 10 to commemorate Luis Vernet’s appointment as governor of the islands in 1829. Argentina continues to claim the islands as part of the province of Tierra del Fuego. The Falkland Islands do not mark Veterans Day.

☑️ Day of the Veterans facts

Argentina borders many others
Argentina shares borders with Chile, Bolivia, Paraguay, Brazil, and Uruguay.

Argentina has four climates
Argentina has a subtropical climate in the north, a subpolar climate in the south, a dry or semi-arid climate in the plains, and an alpine climate along the Andes.

Argentina stayed neutral
Argentina attempted to remain neutral during the Second World War, but owing to pressure, it entered only a month before the war ended.

Things to do on Day of the Veterans

Observe a moment of silence
Hundreds of lives were lost on both sides of the conflict. Observe a minute of silence in memory of those who have died.

Watch a documentary
War is never a one-sided experience. Watch a documentary on the Falkland Islands War to learn about what happened during the 74-day occupation.

Share your knowledge with others
Inform others about this historic occurrence. Share this holiday with your whole network on social media.

📅 Day of the Veterans Observances

2022 April 2 Saturday
2023 April 2 Sunday
2024 April 2 Tuesday
2025 April 2 Wednesday
2026 April 2 Thursday

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