New Delhi: Infantry Day is commemorated on 27 October every year to acknowledge the contributions of Infantry, the largest fighting arm of the Indian Army. This day has a unique significance for the Nation. as it was on this day in 1947 that Infantry-men from the Indian Army became the first troops to land at Srinagar airport. This act turned back the invaders from the outskirts of Srinagar and saved the state of Jammu and Kashmir from a Pakistan backed tribal invasion.
Wreath laying ceremony was organized
As part of the Infantry Day celebrations of 2022, a ‘Wreath Laying’ ceremony was organised at the National War Memorial. The event aimed to honour the heroes of Infantry, who made the supreme sacrifice in service of the Nation.
Gen Anil Chauhan, Chief of Defence Staff; Lt Gen BS Raju, Vice Chief of Army Staff along with Colonels of the Regiments, laid wreaths on this solemn occasion. Three decorated veterans namely Lt Col Ram Singh Saharan Kirti Chakra (Retd), Sub Maj & Honorary Capt Yogendra Singh Yadav Param Vir Chakra (Retd) and Sep Sardar Singh Vir Chakra (Retd) also laid wreaths on behalf of veterans of the Infantry.
Bike rallies began from four cardinal directions
Bike rallies from four cardinal directions had also commenced their journey. They began from Udhampur (J&K), Ahmedabad (Gujarat), Wellington (TN) & Shillong (Megalaya). They will commemorate the 76th year of Srinagar landings. As part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, they were flagged-in by the Chief of Defence Staff at the National War Memorial.
Covered a distance of over 8000 km
The bike riders had covered a cumulative distance of over 8000 kilometers over 10 days. Along the way they interacted with veer naris, veterans, NCC cadets and students enroute to pay tributes to the valour and sacrifices of the Infantry soldiers.
DG of Infantry gave THIS message on the occasion
In his message to all Infantrymen, the Director General of Infantry exhorted them to rededicate themselves to the core value of bravery, sacrifice, selfless devotion to duty and professionalism. Also to remain indomitable in their resolve to defend the integrity and sovereignty of the Nation.