PUNE: On the occasion of Army Day, the Southern Command organised a wreath-laying ceremony at National War Memorial at Ghorpadi to pay homage to those who made the supreme sacrifice while safeguarding the sovereignty of the nation.
The event was graced by General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Command, Lt Gen SK Saini, who laid a wreath in remembrance of the martyrs. The day is marked by ceremonial events all over India.
The Southern Command, responsible for guarding the western and southern borders, has taken part in all major military operations since independence and has also provided succour to the citizens in times of natural calamities and other disasters.
On this 72nd Army Day, the brave officers and soldiers of Southern Command resolved to uphold the glorious traditions of the Indian Army and to preserve the integrity and security of the nation.
Army Day is celebrated every year on January 15 to mark the taking over of the Indian Army by the first Indian Commander-in-Chief, Lieutenant General (later Field Marshal) KM Cariappa, OBE, on January 15, 1948. He took over the reins of the Indian Army from Lieutenant General Sir Francis Butcher, the last British Commander-in-Chief.