Friday, January 28, 2022

Indian Army Day: Saluting the valour of those who serve the nation ‘forever’

Whether, it is freezing glacial heights of the world’s highest battlefield, dense mountainous jungles, or the scorching heat of the deserts, they are ones who protect the nation with their unwavering will, with unbridled ability to give their lives for the motherland, and confident that in return the nation will look after them and their families.

With this unwavering faith, the ‘Bahadur Jawans’ of our nation stand tall to sparkle every ounce of their strength to protect their Bharat…. Our Bharat.

Indian Army Day: History & Significance:

Today, i.e 15th January is marked as the Indian Army Day and is celebrated every year with tremendous zeal on this day in recognition of Field Marshal Kodandera M. Cariappa (K. M. Cariappa). He took over as the first Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army from General Francis Bucher, the last British Commander-in-Chief of India, on 15 January 1949. It is pertinent to note that Gen. Cariappa showed his leadership by leading the Indian army during the 1947 Indo-Pak war over Kashmir. Later, he was designated as a Field Marshal and this position is given to the highest-ranking officer in the Indian Army and Cariappa was the second to achieve this title, second only to General Sam Manekshaw.

Every year, the day is marked by conducting a military parade and many other martial displays at Delhi Cantonment’s Cariappa Parade Ground.

74th Indian Army Day: Honouring the Bravehearts:

On the occasion of 74th Indian Army Day, many brave hearts were honoured and an Army parade was organised in Cariappa Parade Ground in Delhi. On this day, veterans awarded with Param Vir Chakra and Vir Chakra also mark their attendance for the celebrations and many more received Gallantry awards and Sewa Medals for their service.

Apart from showcasing their strength through advanced weapons acquired by the Indian Army, the soldiers also carried out a parade donning brand new uniforms. The uniforms have been designed in special collaboration with the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT).

Chief of Armed Forces – General Manoj Mukund Naravane (Army), Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari (Air Force), and Admiral R Hari Kumar (Navy) laid a wreath at the National War Memorial on the occasion of 74th Army Day.

Prime Miniter Narendra Modi also extended his wishes to the courageous soldiers, respected veterans and their families. In a tweet, he said, “The Indian Army is known for its bravery & professionalism. Words cannot do justice to the invaluable contribution of the Indian Army towards national safety.”

To mark the occasion, the Southern Command unveiled a Monumental National Flag of size 225 feet by 150 feet at Jaisalmer Military Station, Jaipur.

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