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PICS: India remembers Kargil martyrs on 13th anniversary

Last updated on: July 26, 2012 16:51 IST

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The Indian Army in its full military grandeur concluded the two-day celebrations of the 13th anniversary of its victory in the 1999 Kargil war with the hoisting of a massive national flag at the War Memorial in Drass sub-sector of the district.

General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Army's Northern Command Lt Gen K T Parnaik and Member of Parliament Naveen Jindal were the chief guests at the flag-hoisting ceremony.

"Since independence, the Indian Army fought several wars and in every war it was victorious. The war of 1999 was a unique war," Parnaik said as he paid tributes to the officers and soldiers who died in the war.

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Image: General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Army's Northern Command Lt Gen K T Parnaik at the ceremony


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The commander said the day was 'very important' for the Army. A polo match between a local team and Army's Ladakh Scouts will be held later in the day followed by a cultural programme by local artists and Army units.

A motorcycle show by the Army's 'Tornadoes' team was also held. The two-day commemoration included a wreath laying ceremony at the war memorial, 'sainik samelan' (soldiers meet), memorial service and band display.

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Image: Gen K T Parnaik felicitates a war veteran

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Bollywood singer-musician trio of Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy will also perform a stage show as part of the anniversary commemoration, army officials in-charge of organising the events said.

The Kargil war, which began in May 1999, lasted more than two months before Pakistan soldiers withdrew from the mountain tops they had occupied overlooking the Srinagar-Leh highway. In the battle with Pakistani forces, the Army nearly 500 officers, soldiers and jawans, many of whom were posthumously felicitated with gallantry awards.

The celebrations were conducted with full military grandeur to pay homage to martyrs as well as to acknowledge the contribution of units and formations which had participated in the conflict.


Image: Gen Parnaik greets Army wives


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