It was to pay homage to the martyrs of regiment

As part of the 29th Biennial Battalion Commanders' conference of the Madras Regiment, a solemn but impressive wreath-laying service was held at the imposing War Memorial in Wellington on Friday.

It was to pay homage to the martyrs of the regiment who had made the supreme sacrifice for the country.

With the Colonel of the Madras Regiment Lieutenant General P.G. Kamath leading the procession among those who laid wreaths were the Commandant, Madras Regimental Centre (MRC) Brigadier S.S. Jadhav, senior serving officers, veterans, commanding officers of the regiment and affiliated regiments. A two-minute silence was observed as a mark of respect to the brave soldiers.

In the biennial conference which followed, Lt. Gen. Kamath presided over the meeting.

Commanding officers of all the battalions of the regiment and others, who participated, discussed issues relating to operation, training and logistics.

Agenda

High on the agenda were the welfare programmes for the serving and retired personnel and the war widows.

On Thursday, the conference was kicked off with a football match between the soldiers of the 6 Madras and 122 Infantry battalions at the colourful Thangaraj stadium.