As part of the 60th anniversary of Territorial Army (TA), a ceremonial parade was taken out by the jawans of the 117 Infantry Battalion (TA), the Guards in the city on Friday.
Led by Major Arvind Prasad, the parade started from the St. Joseph’s College and covered busy thoroughfares before concluding at the Corporation Office. There were two marching contingents – one in ceremonial dress and the other in combat dress – besides a regimental pipe band and four tableaux depicting the nature of work TA personnel were involved including rescue and relief operations, flood relief and counter insurgency operations.
The District Collector T. Soundiah took the salute near Singarathope. At the Corporation office the Mayor S. Sujatha took the salute and addressed the jawans. A civic reception was hosted for the TA personnel soon after the conclusion of the parade.
Brigadier I.P.S. Gill, Commander, Southern Command, Territorial Army Group Headquarters, Pune, Commanding Officer, 117 Infantry Battalion (TA) The Guards, Colonel K. Haridas, Corporation Commissioner T.T. Balsamy, senior Army officers and civil dignitaries were present on the occasion.
Earlier, a parade by TA personnel was conducted at the 117 Infantry Battalion (TA) The Guards unit ground in the city during which Brigadier Gill took the salute.