You are our nation’s pride: President Kovind wishes valiant men and women on Army Day

New Delhi: This year India is celebrating it’s 71st Army Day on Tuesday. Indian Army Day is celebrated on January 15 every year, in recognition of Field Marshal Kodandera M Cariappa’s taking over as the first Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army from General Sir Francis Butcher, the last British Commander-in-Chief of India, on January 15, 1949.

President Ram Nath Kovind took to Twitter and wrote, “On Army Day, greetings to the valiant men and women of the Indian Army, to veterans and their families. You are our nation’s pride, the sentinels of our liberty. Citizens sleep securely knowing you are ever awake and ever vigilant.”

The day is marked with parades and other events in the national capital. The force also remembers and pays tributes to soldiers, who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty. Thios year, the parade is slated to be led by Lieutenant Bhavana Kasturi. This is the first time for a woman officer to lead the Army Day parade. She will lead the Indian Army’s Service Corps contingent.

Addressing the country ahead of the Army Day, General Bipin Rawat on Monday remembered the martyrs, praising their inspiring and unparalleled gallantry. He said, “We solemnly remember our martyrs whose acts of unparalleled gallantry shall continue to inspire us in the years ahead. Indian Army remains steadfast in its resolve to be enabled and prepared to pre-empt, negate and defeat any challenges to the national security.”

Actress Richa Chadha took to Instagram and shared a photo of her grandfather on the occasion. She captioned the photo, “It’s Indian Army Day. This is my Nanaji. LT Col Dharamveer Prasad. He was a freedom fighter and then a surgeon in the Indian army post independence. He fought all the wars till 1971 and even took a bullet in the leg in one. I miss him, he passed away in 2007. In these times of global jingoism, I miss his quiet dignity, his peaceful strength and his commitment to the cause of humanity. Love you Nana Ji.”

Here’s how Twitterati hailed the armed forces of our country: