On the 14th anniversary of Kargil War,Vijay Diwas was celebrated in the city on Friday evening,with hundreds of people gathering at the War Memorial to pay candlelight tribute to the martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the nation.
Though it started raining just before the ceremony,even heavy downpour could not damp down the spirit of patriotism,as people from all walks of life came all the way to pay tribute. There were hundreds of children from DAV Sr Sec School Sector 8,YPS Mohali,DAV Sr Sec School,Sector 15,and officers from defence and administration and war widows who came along with their family members.
While paying tribute to the martyrs,Major General Vishwambhar Singh,Chief Engineer,Western Command,said,Being a soldier,I feel very happy when such events are organised. This shows the country recognises sacrifices of the Army. A soldier gives his entire life to a nation and expects nothing in return,but little respect. Today,people from Tricity are here to do that only pay respect.
Brig Sanjeev Saini,Western Command,said this was a day of victory,as on this day in 1999,the Indian Army had evicted Pakistans soldiers from our land. The day is a matter of recognition,especially for a nation, he added.
Air Marshal,Randhir Singh (retd),PVSM,AVSM,VC,said: I appreciate the efforts of Indian Express,which has done a great job. We need such leadership in the country,which can remind the nation about the sacrifices of Indian soldiers.
K K Sharma,adviser to the UT Administrator,said,The War Memorial is a symbol of the supreme sacrifices of our soldiers. It makes one reflect on the valour of the bravehearts.
While paying tribute to martyrs,Home Secretary Anil Kumar said,On Kargil Vijay Diwas,we salute the martyrs who laid down their lives for the sake of the country. Their sacrifices will always be remembered.
Senior BJP leader Satya Pal Jain said,The future generations need to be made aware of the sacrifices the brave soldiers make while protecting our borders. The nation is proud of them.
Prominent among others present were councillors Pardeep Chhabra,Arun Sood,Raj Bala Malik,Harjinder Kaur,Saurabh Joshi,Davesh Moudgil,Malkit Singh,Asha Jaswal and Rajinder Kaur Rattu.
The Kargil War began in May 1999 and lasted more than two months. It was in July 1999 when the Pakistan army finally accepted its defeat and withdrew from the Indian territory. In the war,however,the Army nearly lost 500 officers,soldiers and jawans.