Celebrating the Vijay Diwas,the Indian Armys glorious win over Pakistan in the Kargil war of 1999,Headquarters 715 (Independent) Air Defence Brigade organised an equipment demonstration at Army cantonment near Jagraon Bridge on Friday.
A display of weapons and equipment,a mixture of the old and the modern,not only gave an opportunity to the civilians and schoolchildren to see them but the Army also allowed visitors to feel them. Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tewari inaugurated the exhibition.
While the students were guided by the Army officers on how to use the rifles and guns,they were also allowed to sit in the tankers and fire. It was actually a great feeling. Martyrs of Kargil sacrificed their lives for us. We feel lucky that we got a glimpse of these things, said Gagan,a student from Spring Dale School.
The students have really shown great spirit and enthusiasm to learn and explore. Today I taught more than 200 children how to hold and handle a gun. Although they were not perfect,their learning spirit is actually enough for us, said an Armyman.
Another interesting aspect was the interaction with Brigadier Jagdeep Dahiya,commander,715 (Independent) Air Defence Brigade,who inspired the schoolchildren to consider Army as their career. We made students realise that being in Army will not only give them a chance to serve the nation but will also provide numerous opportunities to climb the career graph. The basic motive of this exhibition was to make common people,especially children,aware of the world of the Army, said Brigadier Dahiya.
The schoolchildren were also told about the challenges that the Army faced during the Kargil war. Celebrating the win is easy but to win is the toughest. We wanted children to see both the sides, said Brig Dahiya.