After shedding blood and bones all over the captive line of Pakistan and India, Kargil War was won by Indian Army 17 years back. Time waves at the time and we remember those superheroes of our nation who fought for pride, prestige heart and soul to set victory. Today on July 26, 2016, the nation observes the 17th Kargil Vijay Diwas by paying homage to the martyrs of the war.
On 26th July 1999, India demonstrated a robust and firm political leadership which eventually ensured a decisive victory. Thus, years later Defense Minister Manohar Parriker in the presence of Chief of Army, Navy and Air Force paid homage to the memorial services at Amar Jawan Jyoti in New Delhi. The commemoration of a sacrifice made by jawan on the battlefield during Kargil war made Indians feel prouder as never before.
Kargil Vijay Diwas Celebration
The event is celebrated for an entire week and this year it was being observed from July 21, 2016. Named after the success of Operation Vijay in 1999 against Pakistan, the Indian Army took command over the high outposts which had been lost to Pakistani intruders. The war continued for more than 60 days resulting in loss of lives in masses. Finally, India became victorious so as to regain the possession of Kargil post. However, on this day, the celebration continues in two places. One in Kargil-Dras and another in National Capital of India.
India will never forget the fearlessness with which our courageous soldiers gave a befitting & unforgettable reply to the intruders.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 26, 2016
Homage at Amar Jawan Jyoti in New Delhi
The place witnessed honourable PM Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Manohar Parriker, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Chief of Army Staff General Dalbir Singh, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lamba, Chief of IDS Air Marshal PP Reddy, among many others. A fire was lit with a grand salute to brave martyrs’ observing utmost gratitude including their family members.
Remembering Kargil War Heroes in Drass
At the other end of our nation Lt. General D S Hooda, Army Commander, Northern Command and GOC Fire and Fury Corps, interacted with widows and relatives of martyrs. The event was also attended by award recipients War Heroes from Kargil. He stated that one should feel proud of being akin or better half of such superheroes who fought for the nation. The week-long celebration witnessed several local residents along with youth and children of Drass and Kargil region, Jammu & Kashmir. On Monday, Army Chief General Dalbir Singh paid homage at the historical Kargil War Memorial.
Henceforth, July 26th observed as Kargil Vijay Diwas is commemorated so as to pay homage to martyrs’ and celebrating the victory over Pakistan.