The 41 anniversary of Vijay Diwas, marking India’s victory over Pakistan in the 1971 war, was celebrated at Pangode Army Station here on Sunday.

The function saw Major General M.N.K. Nair (Retd.) placing a wreath on behalf of the Indian Army Veterans at the War Memorial here. Colonel S.P. Bhat, Commanding Officer, Military Headquarters, placed a wreath on behalf of the Station Commander. Commanding Officers of various regiments and senior officers of the Indian Air Force too paid their respects.

Earlier, the function began with a ‘Salami Shastra’ saluting the martyrs followed by ‘Shoka Shastra’. A two-minute silence was observed as a mark of respect to the fallen soldiers. The Army band also played the ‘Last Post’.

Vijay Diwas marks the day when over 90,000 Pakistani soldiers led by Lieutenant General A.K. Niazi surrendered unconditionally before the Indian Army led by Lt. General J.S. Arora, the then General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Command, in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh which was then East Pakistan, according to a press release from the Pangode Station.