Remembering soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the nation during the Kargil War in 1999,The Indian Express took the initiative to pay homage to these bravehearts,by organising a candle light tribute at the War Memorial on Friday evening.
Hundreds of people came forward to pay homage,along with armymen who had lost their friends during the war and who had themselves fought in it.
Newsline spoke to several Army personnel who were present at the War Memorial to salute the bravehearts. Recalling the days of war,Brig Sanjeev Saini,Western Command,said,During the Kargil War,I was second-in-command of a battalion and our unit killed the enemies and captured Zulu Ridge.
While we are in an operation,we do not feel anything. Only one thing which remains in front of us is the target,which is to defeat the enemy. It is only after some time that we feel the joy of victory, he said.
Talking about the importance of remembering such days,Air Marshal Randhir Singh (Retd) PVSM,AVSM,VC said,I feel elated when martyrs are given such importance. Usually,soldiers are given importance only during war or natural calamities like the tsunami or the one in Uttarakhand. After war and calamity gets over,nobody remembers the efforts of soldiers.
He added,I appreciate the efforts of Indian Express which has taken the leadership and organised a special programme to remember the sacrifices of the martyrs.
Major Sanjay Dawar,Western Command said that such celebrations are very important to motivate young generation. These martyrs are real heroes and it is important that their sacrifice is acknowledged by the nation. Also,children should be actively involved in such events,as it will motivate them to be a part of the army. They are the future of the India.
Brig Raina from Chandimandir stressed that Indians need to be more patriotic and the nation should start valuing the life of a soldier,like in western countries.