Nation pays tribute, Armed Forces renew resolve to safeguard honour of Tricolor
As the nation paid homage to the martyrs of Kargil war on a day fondly known as the ‘Kargil Vijay Diwas’, a war wounded veteran and Param Vir Chakra (PVC) awardee lived his proudest moment yet.
The ‘Victory Flame’, that had journeyed over 1000 km from New Delhi to Kargil, was carried in its last lap by Major D.P. Singh (retd) to the Kargil War Memorial at Drass in Jammu and Kashmir today.
Major D.P. Singh (retd) lost his right leg while being posted along the Line of Control during Operation Vijay. Today he ran the last leg of the Victory Flame’s journey along with retired soldiers and handed over the flame to PVC awardee Subedar Yogendra Yadav, from whom Army Chief General Bipin Rawat received it.
The celebration marked the gallant victory of the Indian Armed Forces who fought the Pakistani intruders between May-July 1999 in the Drass, Kargil & Batalik Sectors of Western Ladakh. On 26th July, India had officially declared victory over the enemy in a war fought at impossible heights of the majestic Himalayas.
The Victory Flame was flagged in by the Chief of Army Staff and merged with the Eternal Flame at the Kargil War Memorial. The Victory Flame was lit by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on 14 July 2019 from the Eternal Flame at the National War Memorial in New Delhi. It was carried by relay through major cities and towns in North India.
“The proudest moment today at Drass was to carry the Victory flame in memory of martyrs,” Major D.P. Singh tweeted later. Major Singh served in the 7th Battalion of the Dogra Regiment. Despite losing a leg, Major Singh participates in sports activities using a steel/aluminum cast leg.
All the three Service Chiefs took part in the Wreath Laying Ceremony at the iconic War Memorial in Drass on the occasion today.
Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee & Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa, paid tributes to the martyrs of Operation VIJAY at the Kargil War Memorial by laying a wreath, followed by two minutes silence by all present. Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat, Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Karambir Singh, Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Northern Command and Lieutenant General YK Joshi, General Officer Commanding, 'Fire & Fury' Corps paid their respects to the martyrs who made the supreme sacrifice on these icy heights 20 years ago.
Various public events such as candle light marches etc were organised across India on the occasion. President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the nation in paying tributes to the soldiers who sacrificed their life and limb and ensured India’s victory in the Kargil War.
President Ram Nath Kovind pay tributes to martyrs at the war memorial at Badamibagh cantonment in Srinagar. Pic credit: The Legitimate.