Army Day 2019: The nation is celebrating the 71st Army Day today to remember the valiance and exemplary achievements of army personnel who risk their lives for the nation. The day is being celebrated formally with an annual parade at the Cariappa Parade Ground in New Delhi at 10:15 am.
Speaking at the event, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat said that the Indian Army will not hesitate to take strong action to deal with terror activities along the western border. Taking an alleged dig at Pakistan, the Army Chief said, “The country along our western border is providing support to terror groups. We are dealing with them effectively.”
Army Day is celebrated on January 15 every year to mark the day when (then) Lieutenant General KM Cariappa took over from General Sir Francis Butcher as Commander-in-Chief of India on January 1949. Popularly known as “Kipper”, KM Cariappa was the first Indian commander-in-chief of the Indian Army. He is one of only two Indian Army officers to hold the five-star rank of field marshal.
Army day will be celebrated with an annual parade at the Cariappa Parade Ground 10:15 am onwards. Here are Highlights from the event.
CRPF wishes Indian Army on Army Day
"We extend our gratitude towards our brave soldiers and their families who safeguard the sovereignty of the country and keep the nation safe and secure with the incessant vigil. On the 71st Army Day we salute the indomitable courage and valour of the heroes of Indian Army."
We extend our gratitude towards our brave soldiers and their families who safeguard the sovereignty of the country and keep the nation safe and secure with incessant vigil.— 🇮🇳CRPF🇮🇳 (@crpfindia) January 15, 2019
On the 71st #ArmyDay we salute the indomitable courage and valour of the heroes of #IndianArmy. pic.twitter.com/S7NzOc4AWX
Army Day wishes
2nd Largest Army, respected even by rivals, best track in HR, among most trusted forces in UN, integral to security & development in border areas, loved by every citizen, our Army is among most professional forces in the World. @DefenceMinIndia wishes the Nation a Happy Army Day pic.twitter.com/yLuHI4goMI— Defence Spokesperson (@SpokespersonMoD) January 15, 2019
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Rajnath Singh congratulates armed forces on Army Day
Greetings and warm wishes to all Army personnel, ex-servicemen and their families on the #ArmyDay. The Indian Army is known worldwide for its exceptional courage, bravery and the highest standards of professionalism. Indian Army will always remain the pride of our nation.— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) January 15, 2019
Manohar Parrikar congratulates armed forces on Army Day
Former defence minister and current Goa CM Manohar Parrikar congratulated the armed forces on Army Day.
On #ArmyDay, I salute our brave soldiers for their determination, courage, sacrifices for our nation, and ‘Service before Self’ credo. My greetings to all our soldiers, veterans and their family members. Jai Hind!— Manohar Parrikar (@manoharparrikar) January 15, 2019
Grateful to Indian Air Force and Navy for their complete cooperation: Army Chief
भारतीय सेना #IndianArmy, भारतीय वायु सेना #IndianAirForce और भारतीय जल सेना #IndianNavy का आभारी है जिन्होंने हमें ऑपरेशन और प्रशिक्षण में सम्पूर्ण सहयोग किया है।— ADG PI - INDIAN ARMY (@adgpi) January 15, 2019
-जनरल बिपिन रावत
सेनाध्यक्ष#ArmyDay @PIB_India @SpokespersonMoD @MIB_India @indiannavy @HQ_IDS_India pic.twitter.com/5RzXFMqZkT
Won’t hesitate to deal with terror along western border, says Army Chief
Army Chief General Bipin Rawat Tuesday said that the Indian Army will not hesitate to take strong action to deal with terror activities along the western border. Speaking at the annual Army Day event at the Cariappa Parade Ground in New Delhi, Rawat, taking an alleged dig at Pakistan, said, "The country along our western border is providing support to terror groups. We are dealing with them effectively."
"We are ensuring moral dominance along the border in Jammu and Kashmir," General Rawat added.
The Army Chief also said that new guidelines are being followed to maintain peace and tranquillity along the border in the eastern sector.
"We will keep reviewing the situation along eastern border. Our soldiers will not allow any compromise in guarding border in eastern sector," the Army Chief said.
Major restructuring and modernisation of Army is being done to suit modern defence standards, the Army Chief said.
Capt. Amarinder Singh wishes the armed forces on Army Day
Punjab CM Capt. Amarinder Singh wishes the armed forces on Army Day.
General Bipin Rawat at the Army Day event in New Delhi
General Bipin Rawat at the Army Day event in New Delhi. (Express photo by Tashi Tobgyal)
Visuals from the Army Day event
General Bipin Rawat with the kin of a martyred soldier at the Army Day event in New Delhi. (Express photo by Tashi Tobgyal)
Visuals from the Army Day parade at the Cariappa Parade Ground
Army General Bipin Rawat at the event. (Express photo by Tashi Tobgyal)
Mamata Banerjee wishes armed force on Army Day
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee wishes armed force on Army Day.
Today is Army Day. Field Marshal KM Cariappa took over as the first Indian Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army on this day in 1949. My best wishes to all the brave jawans who have dedicated their lives towards the service of the country. Jai Hind— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) January 15, 2019
Visuals of Army Day celebrations from Kolkata
A wreath laying ceremony was organised at Vijay Smarak, Fort William, Kolkata on Army Day.
Celebrating 71st #ArmyDay 2019, a wreath laying ceremony was organised at Vijay Smarak, Fort William, Kolkata. Lt. Gen M M Naravane, #ArmyCdr interacted with us. @AkashvaniAIR @airnewsalerts @easterncomd pic.twitter.com/qVRKSoPpuq— AIR Kolkata (@AIRKolkata) January 15, 2019
Anupam Kher wishes armed forces on the 71st Army Day
Actor Anupam Kher wishes armed forces on the 71st Army Day.
“Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it, it flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it.” Wishing the amazing #IndianArmy @adgpi a very happy 71st #ArmyDay. Thank you for your duty and sacrifices for us civilians. Jai Hind. 🙏🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/qNGnj9WoD7— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPKher) January 14, 2019
Rajyavardhan Rathore wishes the armed forces on Army Day
On #ArmyDay, a tribute to the brave soldiers of the Indian Army.— Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) January 15, 2019
Every single one of them is the epitome of matchless valor and boundless determination; and embodies the motto of the Indian Army: Service Before Self.
Let us proudly honor our army! Jai Hind! pic.twitter.com/LWe4dv5531
Ravi Shankar Prasad wishes the armed forces on Army Day
President Ram Nath Kovind congratulates the armed forces on Army Day
सेना दिवस के अवसर पर भारतीय सेना के सभी फौजी भाई-बहनों, युद्धवीरों और उनके परिवारों को बधाई। आप हमारे राष्ट्र के गौरव हैं और हमारी आजादी के रखवाले। सभी भारतवासी चैन की नींद सो सकते है, क्योंकि उन्हें भरोसा है कि आप हमेशा चौकन्ने और सतर्क रहते हैं — राष्ट्रपति कोविन्द— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) January 15, 2019
PM Modi congratulates the armed forces on Army Day
PM Narendra Modi Tuesday wished the armed forces and their families on Army Day. Taking to Twitter, the PM said the nation is proud of the dedication and determination of the armed forces.