73rd Army Day: President Kovind, PM Modi laud efforts of valiant soldiers


Highlighting the strength, courage and determination of the Indian Army on the occasion of 73rd Army Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi saluted the “mighty soldiers” and their families for their efforts in working to raise the “head of the country with pride.”

In a tweet this morning, Modi said, “Immediate congratulations to the mighty soldiers of the country and their families on Army Day in defense of Mother Bharati. Our army is strong, courageous and determined, which has always raised the head of the country with pride. I salute the Indian Army on behalf of all the countrymen.”

President Ram Nath Kovind also expressed his gratitude to the Indian Armed Forces by remembering the “supreme sacrifice” of the “valiant men and women” in serving the nation. “ India will remain forever grateful to courageous and committed soldiers, veterans and their families,” he added.

At the National War Memorial on January 2021.( ANI)

To mark the occasion, the Indian Army paid tribute to the continuous efforts of the soldiers at the National War Memorial in the national capital on Friday. Among those present were CDS General Bipin Rawat, Army Chief General MM Naravane, IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria, and Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh.

Chief of Defence Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat paid homage to the soldiers whose “sacrifice in line of duty inspires us to rededicate ourselves with renewed vigour.”

In a radio message aired on All India Radio Thursday, Army Chief Gen MM Naravane expressed India’s firm resistance against any attempt to change the “status quo” at the country’s borders. Naravane also reiterated the country’s commitment to solving disputes through dialogues.

The Army Day is celebrated every year on January 15 since 1949, when Field Marshal Kodandera M Cariappa took over from General Sir Francis Butcher to become the Indian Army’s first Commander-in-Chief. The day has been observed as Army Day to recognise this, and to acknowledge the achievements and risks undertaken by Indian army personnel.


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