In a solemn but impressive memorial service at the Parsi Zorastrian Cemetery here on Wednesday began the observance of the centenary birth anniversary of Field Marshal SHFJ Manekshaw.
The legendary military leader who was born on April 3, 1914 and died on June 27, 2008 at Wellington near here. He was laid to rest in the Parsi cemetery next to the grave of wife Siloo.
A wreath laying ceremony which marked the occasion was led by the Nilgiris Collector Archana Patnaik.
Among the others who laid wreaths were Major General Ravi Thodge, Chief Instructor (Army) Defence Services Staff College (DSSC) and the Superintendent of Police, the Nilgiris, Senthil Kumar.
Major General Thodge said that the Field Marshal would always remain an icon.
Since the Nilgiris was his home, it was very appropriate to hold the memorial service in this district. The contribution of the Field Marshal would be remembered in many ways during the centenary year, he said adding that there was a proposal to install his statues in New Delhi and in Wellington.