Today is the Austrian National Holiday. The Armed Forces presented a selection of their emergency vehicles. Normal citizens have the chance of examining tanks such as the “Leopard II” main battle tank and the “Ulan” infantry tank. The “Husar” multi-purpose vehicle is also in display. This vehicle is used for transport, patrol, command and reconnaissance. Helicopters and fighter planes are landed at Heldenplatz, plus a full-size model of Eurofighter.
Approximately 1,000 new Bundeswehr soldiers, including 20 women, marched in at 10:15 a.m. A Eurofighter flew overhead shortly afterwards. And the swearing-in ceremony began at 11 a.m. in the presence of Federal President Alexander van der Bellen and Defense Minister Klaudia Tanner.
Amid the discussion if Austria should remain neutral facing all the new challenges in the world, the National Holiday has seen mixed feelings around the corner.
The Austrian National Holiday has been celebrated annually since 1965 on October 26th, the day on which the National Council passed the law on Austrian neutrality in 1955. This Memorial Day replaced the previous Flag Day as a national holiday. In 1967 it was given equal status with the other public holidays in Austria and has been non-working ever since.