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Army Day celebrations 2019: Chief Gen Bipin Rawat reviews parade

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.

Army Day celebrations 2019: Chief Gen Bipin Rawat reviews parade

Army General Bipin Rawat at the Army Day parade at the Cariappa Parade Ground in the nation capital. Rawat said that the Indian Army will not hesitate to take strong action to deal with terror activities along the western border. (Express: Tashi Tobgyal)

Army Day celebrations 2019: Chief Gen Bipin Rawat reviews parade

The nation celebrated the 71st Army Day today to remember the valiance and exemplary achievements of Army personnel who risk their lives for the nation. (Express photo: Tashi Tobgyal)

Army Day celebrations 2019: Chief Gen Bipin Rawat reviews parade

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. (Express photo: Tashi Tobgyal)

Army Day celebrations 2019: Chief Gen Bipin Rawat reviews parade

General Bipin Rawat extended his gratitude to the three Armed Forces- Indian Army, Indian Navy and Indian Air Force for their complete cooperation. (Express photo: Tashi Tobgyal)

Army Day celebrations 2019: Chief Gen Bipin Rawat reviews parade

A galore of events took place on the occasion of Army Day celebrations, which also included the wreath laying ceremony in memory of the officers who lost their lives in various battles. (Express photo: Tashi Tobgyal)

By the time India gained Independence, Cariappa had seen action in Iraq, Syria, Iran, and Burma and became the first Indian officer to be given command of a unit in 1942. He also led the Indian forces on the Western Front during the Indo-Pak War of 1947 and successfully recaptured Zojila, Drass, and Kargil and established a linkup with Leh.

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. (Express photo: Tashi Tobgyal)

A number of dignitaries, including PM Narendra Modi, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, actor Anupam Kher, took to their social media accounts to congratulate the Armed Forces to commemorate the day. (Express photo: Tashi Tobgyal)