To remember and honour all martyrs of the Infantry who made the supreme sacrifice fighting Pakistani raiders in Jammu & Kashmir in 1947, the Fire & Fury Corps celebrated 72nd Infantry Day with traditional solemnity and gaiety at Leh today.
On this occasion, Lt Gen YK Joshi, GOC Fire & Fury Corps laid the wreath and paid homage to the braves in a solemn ceremony organised at the Hall of Fame. Subsequently, the GOC addressed the Infantry soldiers, including the Veteran War Heroes, during a special Sainik Sammelan. The celebration was also marked by a music concert for the troops followed by ‘Barakhana’ at respective units.
In his message, the General Officer, complimented the Infantrymen for their devotion to duty and indomitable spirit while serving under trying and difficult conditions. He acknowledged their invaluable contribution in maintaining the sanctity of the Nation’s borders in the Ladakh region with fortitude and elan. As a special mark of respect and acknowledgment of their bravery and invaluable service to the Nation, 20 Veteran War Heroes including Ashok Chakra and Maha Vir Chakra awardees, who had fought during the 1962, 1971 and 1999 wars, were felicitated by Gen Joshi – a Kargil War Hero himself.
27 October is celebrated as Infantry Day by the Indian Army as it was on this day that a Company of the First Battalion of the SIKH Regiment was airlifted from Delhi to Srinagar to liberate Kashmir from the invading tribals who were supported by the Pakistan Army. The troops of this battalion (now 4 Mechanised Infantry) were also part of the celebration at Leh.