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Saturday, December 7, 2013

Remember Indian Jawans on 'Flag Day'

Today is an important day for the Nation…  it is 7th Dec and it is ‘FLAG DAY’

The Armed Forces Flag Day or the Flag Day of India is a day dedicated towards collection of funds from people of India for the welfare of the Indian Armed Forces personnel. It has been observed annually in India on December 7 since 1949. Over the years, it has become a tradition to commemorate this day as an honour to the soldiers, airmen and sailors of India.  The Flag day is mainly observed to serve three basic purposes
•          Rehabilitation of battle casualties
•          Welfare of serving personnel and their families
•          Resettlement and welfare of ex-servicemen and their families.

The Armed Forces Flag Day commemoration and the collection of funds through distribution of flags. It is a time for Indians to express its gratitude and appreciation to the current and veteran military personnel of India and to acknowledge those who died in service to the country. On the Flag Day all three branches of the Indian armed forces, the Indian Army, the Indian Air Force and the Indian Navy, arrange a variety of shows, carnivals, dramas and other entertainment programmes to showcase to the general public the efforts of their personnel to ensure national security. Throughout the country small flags and car flags in red, deep blue and light blue colours representing the three Services are distributed in return for donations.

Immediately after India achieved independence, a need arose for the government to manage the welfare of its defence personnel.  In UK, the  First World War, which is celebrated every year as an Armistice Day on 11th of November, was named as Poppy Day because the souvenirs of poppies were operated to benefit the ex army men as well as their relatives. But this day was incompatible for freedom of the country. So, after getting the freedom from British authority, the Indian Government had decided to pay attention towards the army men and their relatives. On August 28, 1949, a committee set up under the defence minister decided to observe a Flag Day annually on December 7.

CM of Tamilnadu Ms J Jayalalithaa has also appealed to people to contribute liberally. Flag Day proceedings are used towards the welfare of the families of the personnel, she said in an official statement.  "As a show of patriotism of Tamil people and their nature of respecting sacrifices, I kindly appeal to the people of the state to contribute generously towards Flag Day funds," she said. 
the Great warrior - Indian Jawan...

Long live our Jawans…  Jai Hind, Jai Jawan..
With regards – S. Sampathkumar.

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