Each year Chile Chile celebrates its independence day on the 18th of September, the day following the country celebrates its Armed Forces day or Commemoration day.
This day incorporates a parade where all the various Forces and units are displayed in a parade that lasts up to four hours.
I was fortunate to be in Chile in 2009 and witnessed the parade, a beautiful display of colourful uniforms and highly trained participants.
Not only is the Armed forces on parade, but many uniformed personnel from various Government departments, the Carabinerie, or as we know, Police were parading, various female units with precision marching. There were olden vehicles parading as well as many bands.
The military horse display with drummers astride the horses was spectacular, the beating of the drums on horseback was much like a trumpet call to battle.
The military search and rescue unit was fantastic, with their snow camouflaged uniforms, skis instead of rifles, and their Saint Bernard dogs with little barrels around their necks, made me realise that there was still a need for this unit in the snow capped Cordillera del los Andes.
The aircraft flyover was spectacular, ancient planes and choppers through to the modern crafts.
Overall a very great display of this small countries power and strength.
I want to share these pics with you that I rediscovered whilst going through my albums.