Mizoram Governor P.S. Sreedharan Pillai on Sunday appealed to all individuals, traders and government employees to contribute and donate generously to the welfare of the service personnel, on the eve of Armed Forces Flag Day,

Pillai said a fund collection drive is being launched throughout Mizoram in view of the Armed Force Flag Day.

Mizoram Governor Pillai on Sunday hailed the armed forces and paid rich tribute to the valiant heroes, who sacrificed their lives in serving the country.

Greeting the armed forces in particular and the people of Mizoram on the eve of Armed Forces Flag Day, Pillai said service personnel are the true protectors of our land, sea and air frontiers, who relentlessly carry out their duties under the harshest of climate- the scorching heat and freezing cool, hunger and thirst.

“The Armed Forces Day reminds us of the debt we owe to the many gallant men and women of the three services – Army, Navy and Air Force – who laid down their lives in defence of the motherland,” he said, adding that the contribution of various military forces to the people has been immense.

Pillai also hailed the people of Mizoram for their contribution towards the unity, integrity and sovereignty of the country.

He said at least three former chief ministers of the state were in the defence service and paid respect to them.

The Governor said the purpose of the Armed Forces Flag Day is to renew our solidarity with the service personnel; to salute the veterans and the brave, and to honour the valiant heroes who sacrificed their lives for the people.

Started from 1949, the Armed Forces Flag Day is observed every year on December 7 throughout the country to honour the men in uniform, who have been fighting valiantly to protect the country from the enemies at the border and hinterland.

The funds collected on the Armed Forces Flag Day help in the rehabilitation of the families and the disabled soldiers so that they lead their life of dignity.

The purpose of the observance is also intended for resettlement and welfare of ex-servicemen and their families, and welfare of serving personnel and their families.

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