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Solemn occasion: The Commandant, DSSC, Lt.Gen.H.P.S. Klair laying a wreath at the War Memorial in Wellington near Udhagamandalam on Wednesday. —
Solemn occasion: The Commandant, DSSC, Lt.Gen.H.P.S. Klair laying a wreath at the War Memorial in Wellington near Udhagamandalam on Wednesday. —

Special Correspondent

Wreath-laying at War Memorial marks Vijay Diwas

Udhagamandalam: An overcast sky and a steady drizzle notwithstanding, Vijay Diwas was commemorated in a fitting manner at the Wellington Garrison near here on Wednesday.

A solemn but impressive wreath-laying ceremony at the War Memorial marked the occasion.

Among those who laid wreaths were the Commandant, Defence Services Staff College (DSSC) Lt. General H.P.S. Klair and the Commandant, Madras Regimental Centre (MRC) Brigadier S.S. Jadhav.

Those present included a number of serving and retired personnel from the Army, Navy and Air Force.

Addressing the gathering, Lt.Gen. Klair said that Vijay Diwas was being celebrated to mark the 1971 victory in the Indo-Pak conflict and also the victory at Kargil.

Recalling the heroic deeds of the Armed Forces of India in the 1971 war, he said that the victory was particularly notable as it brought about the surrender of nearly 93,000 Pakistani troops in the erstwhile East Pakistan.

Pointing out that the prime architect of the victory was the late Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw, he said that it was a matter of pride that after retirement he had chosen to settle down in Coonoor.

He also referred to the bravery, sacrifice and heroism of those who had laid down their lives for the country in various operations that had been carried out.

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