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Saturday, January 16, 2016

Nation salutes and remembers the sacrifices of Army

Today, 16th Jan 2016  ~ is a day of special significance. After Bhogi and Makara Sankranthi [Pongal], today is dedicated to the cattle popularly known as ‘Mattu Pongal’ …. I have posted one on Jallikattu … away from Pongal celebrations – there is another National day of remembrance  -  15th Jan is “Army Day”.  Proudly, the Indian Army is celebrating its  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.  Honouring the indomitable valour and extreme courage of the armed forces, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday greeted the forces on the occasion of Army Day. Chief of Army, Navy and Air Force paid homage to the martyrs by laying wreaths at the Amar Jawan Jyoti.

The day is celebrated in the form of parades and other military shows in the national capital as well as all headquarters.  On this day, the Nation salutes its valiant soldiers who sacrificed their lives to protect the country. This year, 2016, we are celebrating the 68th Indian Army Day.

Saluting our Army jawans and remembering their sacrifices.  Jai Hind. Jai Jawan

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