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Army Day Observed In Manipur And Assam

IMPHAL, Jan 15: Red Shield Division celebrated the 63rd anniversary of Army Day in Manipur and South Assam today.

On this occasion, GOC Maj Gen DS Hooda, conveyed warm greetings and best wishes to all ranks and families and appreciated their commendable performance and achievements during the past year, said a press release issued by PIB (DW).

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

The day is celebrated in the form of parades and other military shows in national capital as well as all 6 Army Command headquarters.

Army Day marks a day to salute the valiant soldiers who sacrificed their lives to protect our country and the people living in it.

Red Shield Division celebrated the Army Day in the form of organizing a number of events at various places in Manipur and Assam.

At Tamei a band display and dog show was organized for locals.  Ex-service-men rally, medical camps, distribution of sweets and debate competition for the school children were organized at Haflong, Umrangso, Hatikali and Maibong.  An admission counter for admission into National Institute of Open Schooling was launched at Haflong and the National Integration Tour for school children under Army Sadhbhavana which started on January 3 culminated at Lumding.  An exquisite meal for the orphanage children and free rations to Caramel Jyoti HIV Care Centre was organized at Leimakhong. Free ration were distributed to HIV care centre and orphanages at Gothal, Bishnupur and Nonei. The troops of 16 Maratha LI and 4/8 Gorkha Rifles gave monetary assistance to Veer naris in their area.

Red Shield Division re-dedicates itself to become a part of ‘˜War Winning Team’ on this day and pledged to continue to maintain the high standards it has set for itself, added the release.

(Courtesy: The Sangai Express)

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