Gun-shots, blood sheds, sleepless nights, in addition to the rough seas and tough winds, is what every single individual in the army faces in order to protect us. India celebrates its patriotic soldiers on 15 January, every year. The Indian Army day is celebrated in recognition of Lt. General K M Cariappa’s taking over the reins of the Indian Army, back then in 1949. India takes pride of its army that has never failed to serve the nation come what may. This year, they take pride in several operations, ranging from surgical strike to rescue missions.
Today, General Bipin Rawat, honoured 15 soldiers with Gallantry Awards, out of which five were posthumously awarded. While speaking at the event to mark Army Day, he said, “Salute martyrs who sacrificed their lives, our valour is because of them, indebted to them and their families”. He also clearly stated that the peace across the Line of Control is a priority, but the Indian Forces will not shy away from giving a befitting reply to ceasefire violations. Earlier this day, Gen. Bipin Rawat, Air Force Chief BS Dhanoa and Navy Chief Sunil Lanba payed homage at Amar Jawan Jyothi, to mark the Army Day.
The morning started with Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeting, “Greetings to all soldiers, veterans & their families on Army Day. We salute the courage & invaluable service of the Indian Army”.
The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee in his tweet said,”Greetings & felicitations to all officers, soldiers, veterans, civilians, ex-servicemen & their families on the Army Day”. Union Minister of Defence, Manohar Parikar wished earlier this day. Union Minister of Home Affairs, Rajnath Singh also sent his wishes on this special day.
The former Prime Minister of India, Lal Bahadur Shastri rightly said, “Jai Jawan, Jai Kissan”. Without the army, India and its fellow citizens will not be sleeping peacefully. In order to recognise their hardships, one should not only salute them, but also respect their fellow citizens.