61 CAVALRY MOUNTED PARADE REVIEW BY CHIEF OF ARMY STAFF
The Cavalry Mounted Parade Review by Chief of Army Staff, General Bikram Singh, Colonel of the 61st Cavalry is being held at Jaipur on 23 September 2012, on his first visit to the Regiment since taking over as the Colonel.
The Cavalry Review 2012 coincides with the Battle Honour Day Celebrations of the Regiment. The regiment celebrates 23rd September as “Haifa Day’’ to commemorate the heroic Cavalry charge against the Turks on the same day in, 1918 at Haifa (Palestine) during the First World War by the 15th Imperial Cavalry Brigade. The Brigade consisted of Indian State Forces Cavalry units of Jodhpur, Mysore, Hyderabad and Patiala Lancers. Of these, Jodhpur, Mysore and Patiala Lancers alongwith state forces Cavalry units of Gwalior, Jaipur (Kachhawa), J & K and Saurashtra Cavalry were amalgamated to form a ‘New Horsed Cavalry Regiment’ – (61 Cavalry) in November 1953. This year marks the 59th year of raising of the Regiment.
The 61st Cavalry is the only Horsed Cavalry Regiment of the Indian Army. The Regiment has accredited itself with distinction in operational, ceremonial and sporting tasks. It has the unique distinction of being awarded one Padam Shree and ten Arjuna awards for excellence in sports.
The parade will salute the Major General KJS Thind, VSM, GOC 61 Sub Area and Lt Gen Gyan Bhushan, (Army Commander) GOC-in-C, South Western Command, before the arrival of Chief of Army Staff and Colonel of the Regiment.
The regiment will parade in Walk, Trot and Gallop, in formation of eight, four and twelve abreast. The training discipline and horsemanship of both horse and rider will be exhibited in a precise and synchronized military display.
The 61st Cavalry has the singular honour of being reviewed by the Chief of the Army Staff. This visual display of Colour of Military pageantry will be witnessed by Officers, JCOs and Soldiers of Jaipur Military Station, NCC Cadets, School children and a number of civil dignitaries.