Indian Army set to celebrate 73rd Infantry Day
   20-Oct-2019

 
Military analyst Maroof Raza will deliver Field Marshal KM Cariappa Memorial Lecture, ‘A Talk on The Strategic Dimensions of Kashmir Issue’, at Manekshaw Centre, Delhi Cantonment on October 25
 
The Infantry celebrates October 27 as Infantry Day every year to commemorate the first engagement with an armed adversary post-independence. In response to the threat posed to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of our nation, on this day in 1947, the leading elements of the Indian Army air landed at Srinagar and fought Pakistani tribesmen from the erstwhile North-West Frontier Province gallantly.
 
To honour the gallant actions of the Infantry soldiers, a wreath-laying ceremony was organised at the National War Memorial. General Bipin Rawat, Chief of the Army Staff and other senior generals of Infantry will pay homage to the Bravehearts in a solemn ceremony. Veterans of the 1971 War involved in the liberation of Bangladesh led by Brigadier VK Berry, Maha Vir Chakra, Honorary Captain Vasudevan Bhaskaran, Vir Chakra and Havildar Kachru Salve, Vir Chakra will be representing the veterans during the ceremony.
 
To honour the Next of Kin and disabled soldiers, ‘The Ultimate Run’ involving 1.2 Km Run/ Walk for Next of Kin, wheelchair-bound disabled soldiers (assisted by Army Public School students) and ASHA School Children was conducted on 19 October. The event received an overwhelming response with nearly 7500 participants.
 
Field Marshal KM Cariappa Memorial Lecture is also planned at Manekshaw Centre, Delhi Cantonment on 25 October. A Talk on ‘The Strategic Dimensions of Kashmir Issue, will be delivered by well known military analyst Mr Maroof Raza followed by the release of the commemorative postal stamp ‘Siachen Warrior’, to commemorate the selfless contributions of the indomitable Indian Army soldier, who participated in OPERATION MEGHDOOT.