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Saluting those intrepid war heroes on Infantry Day

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Defence personnel lay wreaths at War Memorial

Remembering their sacrifice: Infantry Day being observed at the War Memorial in Wellington on Thursday. - Photo: Special Arrangement
Remembering their sacrifice: Infantry Day being observed at the War Memorial in Wellington on Thursday. - Photo: Special Arrangement

A solemn but impressive wreath-laying ceremony at the imposing War Memorial of the Madras Regimental Centre (MRC) marked the observance of Infantry Day at Wellington near here on Thursday.

The Officiating Commandant, Defence Services Staff College (DSSC), Rear Admiral P.K.Nair, led a group of serving and retired defence personnel in laying wreaths.

Among those who participated was Brigadier S.S.Jadhav, Commandant, MRC.

Ceremony

A large number of officers from all three services, members of the ex-servicemen community and some civilians took part in the ceremony and paid their tributes to the war heroes.

Congratulating the members of the infantry family in the barracks, Rear Admiral Nair conveyed the greetings of the Director General, Infantry.

He exhorted them to constantly be in a state of preparedness to meet challenges and carry out the tasks assigned to them with fortitude, dedication, pride and professionalism.

He added, “You must always remember that you are the ultimate.”

October 27, 1947 was a red letter day in the Nation's history, as it was on that day that the infantrymen first air-landed in Kashmir Valley and overpowered the Pakistani invaders near the Srinagar air field.

It prevented Srinagar from falling into the hands of the enemy.

It was also the first major victory of the Indian army in the post Independence era.

Celebration of Infantry Day was to commemorate the momentous occasion.

The ceremony was followed by a special sainik sammelan and a colourful barakhana at the historic Srinagesh barracks of the MRC.

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