Imphal: Commemorating the guts, grit and glory of India’s gallant soldiers of 1971 war, the Indian Army’s Red Shield Division, State administration and people of Imphal jointly celebrated Swarnim Vijay Varsh on Saturday at Imphal in Manipur.
The grand event to welcome the Victory Flame and intrinsic to Swarnim Vijay Varsh was held at SAI premises at Imphal.
The event kick-started with an enthralling friendly exhibition football match between renowned football clubs TRAU and NEROCA.
Half time of the match withered high tempo and impactful series of events including arrival of Victory Flame duly escorted by military personnel and bikers of Royal Riders Manipur.
The fusion cultural programme enmeshing the cultural heritage of India to showcase ‘Unity in Diversity’ was engrossing and captivating.
The event was graced by Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh as Chief Guest while IGAR (South), GOC Red Shield Division, DGP Manipur amongst host of other senior civil and military dignitaries were also present.
Golden memories of the heroic victory were renewed with presence of Vincent Ekka, son of Param Vir Chakra awardee late Lance Naik Albert Ekka, who made the supreme sacrifice during the 1971 war.
Reminiscing the valour and supreme sacrifice of the Indian Soldiers in the 1971 war and securing a scintillating victory, the chief guest lauded the painstaking effort of Indian Army towards Nation building and national integration.