Indian Armed Forces annually celebrates the Veteran Day on 14th January to recognise the contributions of the veterans of the Indian Armed Forces.
The 14th January 2021 marks the celebration of the 5th Veteran Day by the Indian Armed Forces.
The day honours and recognises the service of Field Marshal KM Cariappa, OBE, the first Commander in Chief of Indian Armed Forces, who retired from the services on 14th January 1953.
Events of 5th Veteran Day:
i.The wreath laying ceremony was organised at various military stations and the National War Memorial, New Delhi to mark solidarity towards the family of the veterans who sacrificed their lives for the country.
ii.Vice Admiral R Hari Kumar, Chiefs of Staff Committee(CISC), Headquarter integrated defence Staff paid homage to the martyrs.
i.The veteran meets were also organised at various military stations and Raina Auditorium.
APS DhaulaKuan with Admiral Karambir Singh, Chief of Naval Staff as the Chief Guest of the Veteran meet organised at Raina Auditorium.
ii.Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Chief of Defence Staff, General Bipin Rawat attended the Veteran Meet at Air Force Station, Bengaluru, Karnataka.
iii.The events were attended by the representatives of various ex-servicemen organisations.
Releases on Veteran Day:
i.Admiral Karambir Singh released the “Swarnim Vijay Varsh” song dedicated to the valor and courage of the Indian soldiers during the 1971 war.
ii.The song was written by Kumar Vishwas, composed by Chris Powell and sung by Roomy.
iii.The Indian Army has released the magazine “Samaam” and the Indian Air Force released the magazine “Vayu Samvedna” exclusive for the veterans and their families.
About Ministry of Defence:
Union Minister- Rajnath Singh
Minister of State- Shripad Yesso Naik