Thursday, October 27, 2011

New Delhi : 27 Oct 2011
Infantry the largest fighting arm of the Indian Army, popularly known as “Queen of the Battle”, celebrated its 64th Infantry Day today. As part of the celebrations, a ‘Wreath Laying’ ceremony was held at Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate to honour members of the Infantry fraternity, who made the supreme sacrifice for the honour and safety of the country. This year, Lt Gen S K Sinha (Retd) laid a wreath, on behalf of all the veterans, whereas Army Chief Gen V K Singh laid the wreath, as the senior most serving Infantryman. Also attending the ceremony were the Colonels of the Regiments, who were assisted by smartly attired soldiers from their regiments. The ceremony was conducted with military precision and dignity in a sombre environment characteristic of the Infantry. Maj Gen SB Asthana, Officiating Director General Infantry hosted the ceremony.
The day has a unique significance for Infantry, as it was on this day in 1947, that the Infantrymen first air landed at Srinagar and reversed the tide of a fierce battle in Kashmir that saved the State of Jammu and Kashmir from falling into the hands of Pakistani mercenaries. To commemorate their heroic deeds, gallant actions and supreme sacrifice, Infantry Day is celebrated on 27 Oct every year.

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