Indian Army Day celebrations – The Indian Army Day is celebrated on January 15th every year. It was on this day that Lieutenant General KM Cariappa took over as the first Indian Commander-in-Chief of the Indian army in January 1949. This day is celebrated to honor our brave heroes who risk their lives to keep the country protected.
Indian Army Day celebrations
The Indian army was founded by the British and was later known as the ‘British Indian Army’. After Independence, it is known as the National Army. The Indian Army was founded by the British on 1 April 1895. However, army day is celebrated on 15 January.
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Even though India for its independence on 15 August 1947, however, the country experienced communal riots due to division of the country. Hence, the intervention and control in the hands of the army seemed to be right to maintain peace and harmony. After things settled down, it was felt that the army should be in full control of the Indians. Hence, on 15 January 1949, Field Marshal K. M. Cariappa took charge and became the first Indian Army Chief of Independent India. Since then the day is celebrated as the Indian Army day. Born in 1899 in Karnataka, Field Marshal K. M. Cariappa’s father Madappa was a revenue officer. Cariappa led the Indian Army on the western border during the 1947 Indo-Pak war. He was the second person to receive the title of Field Marshal on 14 January 1986. The first Field Marshal of India was Sam Manekshaw who was awarded this title in January 1973.
Indian army day celebrations
- This day is celebrated with parades and shows at all Army Command headquarters situated across the country and in the national capital.
- The celebrations start with paying tributes to the martyred soldiers at the Amar Jawan Jyoti situated at India Gate in Delhi.
- This is followed by parade shows and military shows which feature the technology and achievements of the Army.
- Several awards including Bravery awards like Sena medals and unit credentials are awarded on this day.
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