June 27 is a big day for holidays.
Djibouti celebrates its independence from France in 1977.
Canada celebrates Multiculturalism Day, which falls between National Aboriginal Day on June 21 and Canada Day on July 1.
Brazil celebrates Mixed Race Day on June 27. It falls 3 days after the (state of) Amazon’s Day of the Caboclo. Caboclo refers a specific Brazilian mixed-race, dating back to when the first soldiers of European descent settled in the Amazon to harvest rubber, and intermarried with the local Amerindian population.
This year (2009) the UK celebrates its first annual Armed Forces Day to coincide with Veterans’ Day, which has been observed on June 27 since 2006.
June 27 is the anniversary of the first investiture of the Victoria Cross in in London’s Hyde Park in 1857. Originally established to honor veterans of the Crimean War, the Victoria Cross is the highest military honor in the UK.
In 2005, Private Johnson Beharry became the first living recipient of the Victoria Cross since 1969. Two Victoria Crosses were awarded during the Falklands War in 1982, both posthumously.