Indian Army’s elite Gajraj Corps celebrated the 71st Army Day at Tezpur in Assam on Tuesday, a statement issued on Wednesday said.
This day is celebrated as a mark of respect to salute the valiant soldiers who had laid down their lives to protect the country.
In a solemn but impressive ceremony held at the Tezpur War Memorial, the Gajraj Corps Commander, Lt Gen Manoj Pande AVSM, VSM laid the wreath. He complimented all ranks for their dedication and devotion beyond the call of duty while serving in counter insurgency areas of Assam as well as in the inclement weather and remote areas of Arunachal Pradesh, besides aiding civil population in the hours of need.
It may be recalled that it was on January 15 in 1948, that Lieutenant General K M Cariappa took over as the first Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army from Sir Francis Butcher, the last British Commander.
Thus, this day is celebrated to recognize this proud moment, when an Indian assumed command of the Indian Army. A large number of officers, JCOs and Jawans of Tezpur Garrison participated in the event and paid homage to the martyrs.
On the occasion of 71st Army Day unit of Red Horns Division in its efforts towards connecting with the youth organized a career counseling session and sports meet in various schools of Chirang district in Assam.
Students were educated about Indian Army with main aim of motivating them to join Armed Forces. Approximately 565 students and 20 teachers attended the event.