Army Day

Bengaluru, Jan 15: First, the 75th Army Day parade will be held outside Delhi where they have been conducted since the celebrations began in 1949.

This year’s parade took place in Bengaluru on Sunday at Parade Ground, MEG & Centre. Army Day is being conducted out of the national capital for the first time as part of the government’s initiative to take major events away from the National Capital Region to different parts of the country.

This year, the celebrations took place under the supervision of Southern Command, which is headquartered in Pune. The parade signifies the formal taking over of the Indian Army by its first Indian Commander-in-Chief Field Marshal K M Cariappa on January 15, 1949, replacing his British predecessor.

Chief of the Army Staff Major General Manoj Pande attended the event.

The 75th celebrations began with the wreath-laying ceremony at the Madras Engineering War Memorial where Major General Pande paid homage to the brave hearts.

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As many as eight contingents including a mounted contingent from the Army Service Corps and a military band comprising five regimental bands participated in the parade.

Army Day

Band displays, bike stunts, and skydiving were also performed. The parade also witnessed a fly-past by Army aviation Dhruv and Rudra helicopters.

Army Day

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended wishes to all Army personnel, veterans, and their families.

In a tweet, the Prime Minister said, “On Army Day, I convey my best wishes to all army personnel, veterans, and their families. Every Indian is proud of our Army and will always be grateful to our soldiers. They have always kept our nation safe and are widely admired for their service during times of crisis.”