India on Friday observes the 73rd Army Day. January 15 marks the day when Lt Gen KM Carriappa took over as Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army from General Francis Butcher, the last British Commander-in-Chief of India, in 1949.
Commemorating the Army Day, COAS General MM Naravane extended warm wishes to the troops and their families but also gave a powerful message to India’s adversaries.
On the occasion of Army Day-2021, I convey my felicitations and warm wishes to all ranks of the Indian Army, civilians our veterans and their families. Today, we salute the valour of our bravehearts, whose supreme sacrifice in the line of duty shall always inspire us. I also reaffirm our unstinted support to our ‘Veer Nains’ and their families.
Acknowledging that it has been a year of challenges, the Army Chief upped the spirit of the troops and said that the force has stood steadfast in safeguarding the security and territorial integrity of the nation.
“Our brave officers, JCOs and soldiers have given a befitting reply to our adversaries, many laying down their lives in the highest traditions of the Indian Army,” he said.