Costa Rica Coffee Guide

Costa Rica celebrates 71 years without an army

December 1, 2019

Costa Rica on Sunday is celebrating the 71st anniversary of the abolition of its army.

Former President José Figueres Ferrer abolished the armed forces in Costa Rica on Dec. 1, 1948 following the end of the civil war that brought him to power.

Vice President Epsy Campbell commemorated the anniversary during an event at the Plaza de la Democracia in San José on Sunday afternoon.

“Seventy-one years ago, Costa Rica ended the last confrontation in history in which Costa Ricans used weapons to resolve our differences,” Campbell said. “President Figueres not only abolished the army via decree, but handed over the keys of the barracks to the newly founded University of Costa Rica, so that it would later become in the National Museum.”

President Carlos Alvarado, who is in Madrid for a climate conference, gave a short address via video conference.

Last year, as part of the 70th anniversary events, Alvarado said the commemoration “unites us with our history and throughout generations.”

 

“It is with enormous honor and pride as a Costa Rican that I partake in this commemoration — one that is unique throughout the world,” Alvarado said in his 2018 speech. “My heart fills with joy and patriotic love for this country of ours.”

Watch Alvarado’s full address from last year below:

“Our grandparents were the first generation in the world to know what it was like to live in a country without an army,” Alvarado added in a Facebook post.

“We carry a responsibility that calls us to build a better Costa Rica, for that fourth generation, for our daughters and sons — the great grandchildren of the abolition.”

Read more in The Tico Times from previous celebrations of the anniversary:

The day has served as a Veterans’ Day for a country that has few veterans:


Thanks for reading The Tico Times. We strive to keep you up to date about everything that’s been happening in Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we need your help. The Tico Times is partly funded by you and every little bit helps. If all our readers chipped in a buck a month we’d be set for years.

Support the Tico Times

You may be interested

Top dental clinics in Costa Rica meet patient needs in the age of COVID
Dental Tourism
2497 views
Dental Tourism
2497 views

Top dental clinics in Costa Rica meet patient needs in the age of COVID

Vayolla Quiros / Goodness Dental - September 18, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its guidelines for dental settings in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.…

Costa Rica coronavirus updates for Friday, September 18
Costa Rica
5389 views
Costa Rica
5389 views

Costa Rica coronavirus updates for Friday, September 18

Alejandro Zúñiga - September 18, 2020

Costa Rica announced 20 new coronavirus-related deaths over the last day for a total of 686, according to official data…

Costa Rica proposes tax measures as part of IMF negotiations
Costa Rica
769 views
Costa Rica
769 views

Costa Rica proposes tax measures as part of IMF negotiations

Alejandro Zúñiga - September 18, 2020

The Costa Rican Presidency on Thursday announced the fiscal measures it will present to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as…