Vijay Diwas will be celebrated at the National War Memorial of the Southern Command in Pune on Friday at 9 am to commemorate the victory of the Indian defence forces over Pakistan which had led to the creation of Bangladesh in 1971. The wreath-laying function at the memorial will include schoolchildren singing patriotic numbers, offering of prayers by religious teachers and laying of floral tributes by senior military officers and prominent residents of the city.
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The memorial houses walls inscribed with the names of the personnel of Southern Command who were killed in the line of duty and of the soldiers from Maharashtra, irrespective of their theatre of operations.
The memorial will remain open to public till Sunday. The military brass band will be in attendance and a candlelight vigil will also be carried out in the evenings.
During the war, Indian and Pakistani forces clashed on the eastern and western fronts.
The war ended after the Eastern Command of the Pakistani Armed Forces signed the Instrument of Surrender on 16 December, 1971, in Dhaka, marking the liberation of the new nation of Bangladesh. The anniversary of the victory is observed as Vijay Divas across India by paying tributes to the martyrs who had laid down their lives for the nation.