Chandigarh, 28 : Lieutenant General TK Sapru, General Officer Commanding in Chief Western Command laid a wreath in “Veer Smriti” to pay tribute to the gallant soldiers who laid down their lives defending the Nation during a solemn wreath laying ceremony held to commemorate the Infantry day today . This was followed by a Special Sainik Sammelan – where Gen Sapru addressed Infantry troops of the station. The Gen felicitated the infantry jawans on this occasion.
On this auspicious day, all Infantry men pledged and re-dedicated themselves to works towards sustaining and building up the indomitable team and traditions of valour that are the hallmark of the Infantry
A Social evening was organised at the Shivalik Officers Institute, Chandimandir, where serving Infantry Officers got an opportunity to interact with their predecessors, the Infantry Veterans, living in and around Chandigarh. Barakhanas were also organised in all Infantry Battalions in the station.
Infantry “The Queen of Battle” is the largest component and the premier fighting Arm of the Indian Army. Valiant and intrepid, the “Foot Soldiers” have kept alive the rich traditions inherited by them over generations.
27th October is celebrated as the Infantry Day, as it was on this day in 1947 that the first Indian Soldiers (1st Battalion of the SIKH Regiment) landed at Srinagar to defend the Country against the onslaught of Pakistan backed raiders. This was the beginning of a new era of valour and sacrifice for the Indian Infantry.