The 71st Infantry Day was celebrated today at Wellington Military Station.
Wreaths were laid to honour those who made supreme sacrifice for the nation at the war memorial of the Madras Regimental Centre (MRC). Brigadier (Retired) Ajit Singh and Brigadier S K Sangwan, Commandant, MRC, serving and retired senior Infantry officers and soldiers were present during the ceremony
The Infantry Day is observed on 27th October in India, every year to commemorate supreme sacrifices made by Indian Army’s infantry against Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) in 1947. It also commemorates infantry’s exceptional courage and dedicated service to the nation. On this momentous day in 1947, the first contingent of infantry landed at Srinagar Airfield and fought a courageous battle to save Kashmir Valley from intruders as the Indian troops took on the Pakistani invaders. The operation was undertaken following orders of then Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru after Maharaja Hari Singh, the ruler of princely state of J&K signed Instrument of Accession on 26 October 1947 to accede or merge state with India. Further, it is to salute the indomitable courage & bravery of our Infantry who have left no stone unturned in serving our Nation.
Narendra Modi tweeted that “Greetings to all infantrymen on Infantry Day. We are proud of our infantry’s exceptional courage & dedicated service to our nation.” He added in another tweet that “I bow to all infantry martyrs, who devoted their lives to the nation. Their heroic sacrifices will be remembered for generations to come.” Several other leaders and public figures took to Twitter to celebrate Infantry Day.
Another success to this day was that on this day in 1947 that India as an independent nation was first time engaged in operations against an aggressor.