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The Abolition of the Army in Costa Rica Holiday

With the upcoming celebration of the abolition of the Army of Costa Rica, it's a good time to give some historical context on what...

Costa Rica celebrates 72nd anniversary of army abolition by inaugurating museum

The museum occupies the house in which Figueres — remembered as Don Pepe — lived on a farm where he developed many of the ideas that he would put into practice.

Costa Rica celebrates 72 years without an army

Costa Rica on Monday is celebrating the 72nd anniversary of the abolition of its army.

Costa Rica declares December 1 as holiday celebrating abolition of army

Costa Rica abolished its military in 1948.

Costa Rica celebrates 71 years without an army

"It is with enormous honor and pride as a Costa Rican that I partake in this commemoration — one that is unique throughout the world," said President Carlos Alvarado.

Costa Rica celebrates 70 years without an army

"It is with enormous honor and pride as a Costa Rican that I partake in this commemoration — one that is unique throughout the world," said President Carlos Alvarado.

Costa Rica celebrates 67 years without an army

Breaking one of the crenellations of the former fortress with the swing of a hammer as a ceremonial gesture, President José Figueres Ferrer abolished the armed forces in Costa Rica on Dec. 1, 1948.

Costa Rica seeks Nobel Peace Prize for abolishing its army

On Monday, the Legislative Assembly passed a motion to nominate Costa Rica and Japan for a Nobel Peace Prize for their decision to abolish their armies as permanent institutions, according to a lawmaker.

Costa Rican veterans reflect 66 years after abolition of army

Standing before the marigold crenelated National Museum — once the Bellavista Fortress that served as a barracks for Costa Rican troops — President Luis Guillermo Solís celebrated the 66th anniversary of the abolition of the army alongside veterans of the Civil War and National Army and students on Monday.

Is the sword still the enemy of freedom?

The controversy this week over the nonexistent U.S. military base in Costa Rica brings to mind the year 1985, when U.S. Green Berets were training Costa Rican “policemen” in Murciélago, just north of the Santa Rose Peninsula in Guanacaste.

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