New Delhi (NVI): Indian Armed Forces celebrated the fifth Veterans’ Day today as a mark of respect to the services rendered by Field Marshal KM Cariappa, the first Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army.
On this day in 1953, Field Marshal KM Cariappa got retired.
Wreath laying ceremony was organised at National War Memorial in New Delhi with Vice Admiral R Hari Kumar, CISC, paid homage to the martyrs in presence of the veterans, according to a statement by Ministry of Defence.
A Veterans’ Meet was also organised at Raina Auditorium, APS DhaulaKuan with Admiral Karambir Singh, Chief of Naval Staff as the chief guest for the event, the statement added.
Chief of Army Staff, Gen MM Naravane and Air Marshal RK Bhadouria, were also present for the event.
Speaking on the occasion Army Chief highlighted some important welfare measures undertaken by various welfare departments during the year amidst the COVID pandemic.
He also briefed the veterans on the Swarnim Vijay Varsh being celebrated through the year to honour our veterans who gave us the victory in 1971 war.
Admiral Karambir reiterated the resolve of Services for the well being of veterans and assured them that their valuable suggestions were also welcome.
Karambir Singh also released the ‘Swarnim Vijay Varsh’ song dedicated to the valour and courage of our brave soldiers during the 1971 War.
In addition to this, Army released the coveted ‘Samaan’ magazine and Air Force released the ‘Vayu Samvedna’ magazine on the occasion.