The 72nd Raising Day of the Western Command, the frontline operational command of the Indian Army, was celebrated on Sunday in Chandigarh by a solemn wreath laying ceremony.
Chandigarh, September 15: The 72nd Raising Day of the Western Command, the frontline operational command of the Indian Army, was celebrated on Sunday in Chandigarh by a solemn wreath laying ceremony.
Lt Gen RP Singh, GOC-in-C Western Command laid a wreath at the Veer Smriti, Chandimandir to pay homage to the gallant heroes of Western Command. Senior Officers , JCOs and Other Rank personnel were present in that occasion.
The Command was raised in 1947 as “Delhi and East Punjab Command”, at Delhi subsequently was re-designated as ‘Western Command’ in January 1948. The genesis of Western Command was forged on the anvil of one of the most challenging trans border migrations of human population. In 1954, the HQ of the Command moved to Shimla.
After the Indo-Pak Conflict of 1971, Northern Command was carved out of Western Command to assume operational responsibility of Jammu and Kashmir. Finally in 1985 HQ Western Command moved to its present location at Chandimandir.
With “Ever Westwards” being its clarion call, the Western Army was instrumental in blunting the Pakistani aggression in 1947, 1965 and 1971. Western Command has also time and again, provided succor to the civilian population.
Be it during natural calamities, undertaking counter terrorist operations or participating in Nation building activities, troops of the Western Command have always been in the fore front in providing aid to civil authorities.
A fine example of its commitment is the exemplary performance of its troops during the recent flood relief operations in large areas of Punjab.