Indian Army commemorates 61st foundation dayJanuary 15th, 2009 - 12:51 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Jan 15 (IANS) The Indian Army commemorated its 61st Foundation Day Thursday by paying homage to martyred soldiers. Army Chief General Deepak Kapoor, Navy Chief Admiral Sureesh Mehta and Chief of Air Staff Air Marshall Fali Homi Major paid floral tributes at the Amar Jawan Jyoti at the India Gate here.
Army Day is celebrated on Jan 15 every year to commemorate the appointment in 1949 of General K.M. Cariappa as commander-in-chief of the Indian Army - the first Indian officer to hold the post.
On the occasion, the army chief took the salute at a parade held at the Delhi Cantonment. He also presented Sena Medals for gallantry and unit citations.
Addressing the gathering, General Kapoor said: “The country, especially in Jammu and Kashmir and the northeast, has been facing challenges from elements who want to destroy peace in India and we are working to tackle it.”
The Army Day parade showcased technological prowess and achievements of the Indian Army.
Several serving and retired defence officers were present on the occasion.