Pune: 'Vijay Diwas 2017' was celebrated on Saturday at National War Memorial, Southern Command, Pune. This day marks the splendid victory achieved by India over Pakistan 46 years ago. The 'greatest victory ever' saw the emergence of Bangladesh as an independent nation and India rose as a regional power to reckon with. With this decisive victory over a formidable opponent, the Armed Forces of India once again affirmed themselves as a strong component of national power.
The solemn ceremony on Saturday was a token of remembrance for those brave sons of India who made the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty. The memorial service which had the military band in attendance, included rendition of patriotic songs by children from Army Public Schools Khadki and Pune, and prayers by the religious teachers of the armed forces to pay homage to the martyrs. Thereafter, wreaths were laid by representatives of retired and serving soldiers. Homage was also paid by senior civilian officers and prominent citizens of Pune.
Those who laid the wreath at the memorial included AFMC Commandant Air Marshal CK Ranjan, NDA Deputy Commandant Rear Admiral SK Grewal, Mayor Mukta Tilak, Pune police Joint Commissioner Ravindra Kadam, 1971 war hero Lt Gen BT Pandit (Retd), former IAF chief Air Chief Marshal PV Naik (Retd), Rear Admiral Vadgaokar Sanjay M (Retd), Nb Sub Vasant Shinde (Retd), Sub Maj Sarjerao Patil and rifleman Uttam Gurung.
The final wreath was laid by Lieutenant General DR Soni, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Southern Command. The silence observed by all present echoed skywards to the martyrs of this great nation as an appropriate tribute to their steely resolve to defend India at all costs.
During interaction with the media, Lt Gen Soni wished all attendees a very happy Vijay Diwas. On being enquired about Army’s preparedness for war, the general assured that the Army is fully prepared for all kinds of war both conventional and sub-conventional. The event concluded with a candlelight ceremony organised by the citizens of Pune from 7 pm to 9 pm.