Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday wished all soldiers, veterans and their families on the occasion of Army Day. “Greetings to all soldiers, veterans & their families on Army Day. We salute the courage & invaluable service of the Indian Army,” Prime Minister Modi tweeted.
Modi said army has always protected the sovereignty of India. “Indian Army always leads from the front, be it in protecting the sovereignty of our nation or helping citizens during natural disasters,” he tweeted.
Remembering the sacrifice made by the Army, Modi said “We remember with great pride all the sacrifices made by our Army. They put their lives at risk so that 125 crore Indians live peacefully.”
Meanwhile, all three service chiefs – Army chief General Bipin Rawat, chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba and Air chief Marshal BS Dhanoa – paid tributes at the Amar Jawan Jyoti here at India Gate on Sunday morning.
Army Day is observed on January 15 every year, in recognition of Lieutenant General K. M. Cariappa’s 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 15 January 1949.