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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

India ~ Army Day today ~ remember the martyrs

Today, 15th Jan 2013 ~ is a day of special significance. After Bhogi and Makara Sankranthi [Pongal], today is dedicated to the cattle popularly known as ‘Mattu Pongal’.   A day celebrating the cattle, particularly cows and bulls that play a vital role by working hard to help the farmers to raise crops on their fields.  The festival is an occasion when the fresh harvests from the fields are shared in the form of food and sweets not only with the community but also with animals and birds.

At the National level, 15th Jan is “Army Day”.  Proudly, the Indian Army is celebrating its 65th Foundation Day today.

Army Day is celebrated on 15 January every year in India, in recognition of Lieutenant General (later Field Marshal) K. M. Cariappa's taking over as the first Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army from Sir Francis Butcher, the last British commander, in 1948. The day is celebrated in the form of parades and other military shows in national capital as well as all 6 Army Command headquarters.

The Great Indian Army fights adversities on borders as well as with natural calamities. The major feature of this army is that it combats in hot, chilly, temperate, forestry, terrain. One best example is the siachen glacier where the Indian soldiers guard the border at -80 degree Celsius and braving the hot climate conditions in the Thar desert, at plus 50 degrees.  The Army works with true dedication and spirit of the motto ‘fight to win’. President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, Defence Minister A.K. Antony and Army Chief General Bikram Singh have greeted the personnel of the Indian Army on this occasion.

The PM in his message stated “Today, we pay special homage to those of its members who have made the supreme sacrifice for the country".

Army Day marks a day to salute the valiant soldiers, who sacrificed their lives to protect the country.  So day, all citizens must pay respects to the brave men and women who have laid down their lives to safeguard our way of life.  It is time to remember them, to show that we cherish the memories of the innumerable army men, that we value their sacrifice and we hail their courage.

With regards – S. Sampathkumar.

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