Know why January 15 is celebrated as Army Day

15 January 2018, 11:03 AM
Indian Army Soldiers - File Photo
Indian Army Soldiers - File Photo

The Indian Army is celebrating its 70th raising day on Monday. The showcase event of the Army Day will be the annual parade at the Cariappa Parade Ground in New Delhi. 

The parade commenced at the Army Parade Ground in Delhi Cantonment at 10:30 am. The parade is being reviewed by Army Chief General Bipin Rawat. He will also present gallantry and other awards to army personnel who displayed acts of bravery and courage to defend the territorial integrity of the nation.

Army Day is celebrated on 15th January every year, in recognition of Field Marshal Kodandera M. Cariappa's (then a Lieutenant General) taking over as the first Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army from General Sir Francis Butcher, the last British Commander-in-Chief of India, on 15th January 1949. 

The President and Prime Minister extended their greetings to the men and women in uniform for their valiance and courage in guarding the borders of the country.

The showcase event of the Army Day will be the annual parade at the Cariappa Parade Ground in New Delhi. 

Army Day is celebrated on 15th January every year in India, in recognition of Field Marshal Kodandera M. Cariappa's (then a Lieutenant General) taking over as the first Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army from General Sir Francis Butcher, the last British Commander-in-Chief of India, on 15th January 1949. 

The day is celebrated in the form of parades and other military shows in the national capital New Delhi as well as in all headquarters.

Army Day marks a day to salute the valiant soldiers who sacrificed their lives to protect the country and its citizens. In 1942, K M Cariappa becomes the first Indian Army Officer who was passed on to command a unit.

First Published: Monday, January 15, 2018 10:50 AM
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