New Delhi: Indian Army on Tuesday celebrated Infantry Day to commemorate the contributions of Infantry across the country.
It is the largest fighting arm of the Indian Army.
This day has a unique significance for Infantry, as it was on this day in 1947 that Infantrymen from Indian Army became the first troops to land at Srinagar airport, an act which turned back the invaders from the outskirts of Srinagar and saved the state of Jammu and Kashmir from a Pakistan backed tribal invasion.
On the occasion of 74th #Infantry Day, General Bipin Rawat #CDS, General MM Naravane #COAS along with #VCOAS, #ArmyCommanders, DG #Infantry and Veterans laid Wreaths at #NationalWarMemorial to honour the #Bravehearts who laid down their lives for the Nation.#IndianArmy pic.twitter.com/jif9fFMcUh— ADG PI - INDIAN ARMY (@adgpi) October 27, 2020
As part of the Infantry Day celebrations, a ‘Wreath Laying’ ceremony was held at National War Memorial to honour the martyrs of the Infantry, who made the supreme sacrifice on various battlefields in service of the nation.
Gen Bipin Rawat, Chief of Defence Staff, and Gen MM Naravane, Chief of Army Staff along with all Army Commanders and Colonels of the Regiment, laid wreaths on this solemn occasion.
Three decorated veterans of Operation Vijay and Operation Meghdoot Brigadier Umesh Singh Bawa, Vir Chakra (Retd), Subedar (Honorary Captain) Sansar Chand, Maha Vir Chakra (Retd) and Naik Jai Ram Singh, Vir Chakra (Retd) also laid wreaths on behalf of veterans of Infantry.
In his message to all Infantrymen on this day, Director General of Infantry exhorted them to rededicate themselves to the core value of bravery, sacrifice, selfless devotion to duty and professionalism, and to remain indomitable in their resolve to defend the integrity and sovereignty of the country.