Indian Army Day (15 January) SERVICE BEFORE SELF


Indian Army Day

“Either I will come back after hoisting the Tricolor or I will come back wrapped in it, but I will be back for sure” these words by Late Capt. Vikram Batra, PVC on the battlefield, who sacrificed his life for this country during the 1999 Kargil war portrays the extraordinary courage and valor of the Indian Army.

Being the third largest military contingent in the world, Indian Army diligently guards the country against external threats and attacks while protecting the citizens each day, rain or shine. Their unmatchable gallantry swells every Indian citizen’s heart with pride and inspires crores of youngsters to join the Indian Armed Forces. Every year, 15th January is celebrated as Army Day to commemorate ArmyLieutenant General Kodandera Madappa Cariappa who took over as the first
commander-in-chief of the Indian Army from General Sir Francis Butcher on this day in 1949. This day pays homage to all the brave martyrs who sacrificed themselves on the battleground and valiant soldiers of Indian Army facing all the unfavorable situations to save the nation. Each year, celebrations begin by paying tribute to the martyrs at the Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate in New Delhi. It is followed by grand army parades and ceremonial shows displaying the defense strength and achievements of IndianArmy. Warfare tanks, missiles, carriers, weapons, and modern arms and latest technologies are exhibited by the soldiers and many of them are honored with bravery awards such as Sena Medals, Vishist Seva medals and unit credentials for their remarkable contribution to the Indian Army. This year marks the 71st anniversary of Army Day and will be celebrated with the same enthusiasm and patriotic spirit all over the country. A major historic event will be witnessed during this year’s Army Day parade as for the first time in the history of Indian Army a woman officer will lead a male contingent. Lieutenant Bhavana Kasturi is going to lead the Indian Army’s Service Corps (ASC) contingent comprising of 144 male soldiers. This parade is going to be even more special as the ASC contingent is participating in the parade after a two-year gap. Army Day is dedicated to an ordinary Indian soldier’s extraordinary act of sacrifice.
We salute the Indian Army.
Jai Hind



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