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Nation pays tribute on 70th Army day, valiant soldiers remembered

The borders of the nation are defended by the brave and valiant soldiers who pay with their lives. And on this day they are remembered.

The Indian Army celebrates the 70th Army Day, with parades and shows at its major locations across the country. The celebration marks the day Field Marshal KM Cariappa took over as the first Indian chief of the nation’s Army in 1949.

The showcase event of the Army Day is the annual parade at the Cariappa Parade Ground in New Delhi. The parade was reviewed by Army chief General Bipin Rawat. He also presented gallantry and other awards to his personnel.

The headquarter locations of the Indian Army’s various commands and other wings also featured celebrations and parades.

The celebrations mark the day when Field Marshal KM Cariappa took charge as the first Indian Army chief in 1949, succeeding General Sir Francis Butcher, the last British Commander-in-Chief of India.  

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday extended his greeting to soldiers of the armed forced, veterans and their families on the occasion of the 70th Army Day.

Saluting the valour of the martyrs of the Indian Army, the Prime Minister also hailed them for always putting the nation first.  

President Ram Nath Kovind also took to Twitter to commend the “valiant men and women of the Indian Army”.  


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