Northern Army commander felicitates Veterans in Srinagar

Srinagar, Jan 14 (UNI) Northern Army Commander Lt Gen Upendra Dwivedi on Sunday felicitated Veterans who have devoted their lives to the service of the nation, on the occasion of the 8th Armed Forces Veterans Day.

In a momentous occasion, the ceremony took place at the Jammu & Kashmir Light Infantry Regimental Centre here, a Defence spokesman said.

This historic celebration showcased the unwavering camaraderie between retired and serving soldiers, reaffirming the bond that unites them.

Despite challenging weather conditions, the event witnessed an overwhelming response, with more than 700 Armed Forces Veterans, Veer Naris, and representatives of the Ex-Servicemen community, displaying remarkable grit and determination.

The occasion served as a poignant tribute to the heroes who made the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty and selflessly served the Nation.

Addressing the rally, the Army Commander encouraged the veterans to leverage the presence of the ECHS, Record Office and AWPO teams to address their concerns.

He highlighted various welfare initiatives under Sadhbhavana, including infrastructure development, medical care, women & youth empowerment, educational tourism, sports tournaments & selected sponsorship to youth for degree courses & school education under AWES.

Dwivedi highlighted that the Indian Army and the Government have been pursuing the issue of jobs for the veterans under various schemes.

The Indian Armed Forces Veterans Day, celebrated annually on January 14, pays homage to the exceptional services of Field Marshal K M Cariappa, the First Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Armed Forces.

The two-day Veterans rally in Kashmir included a poignant candle lit wreath-laying ceremony at the Chinar War Memorial, where veterans and serving soldiers came together to commemorate and remember the martyrs.

This heartfelt gesture underscored the Indian Army’s unwavering commitment to honouring the brave hearts who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.

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