The Zila Sainik Welfare Office, Chandigarh, organised a function to honour ex-servicemen above 90-year-old at the Post-Graduate Government College for Girls, Sector 42, on Saturday. Local MP Kirron Kher and Lt Gen V Menon, chief of staff, Western Command, were the chief guests.
Students performing during an Armed Forces Flag Day function at Post-Graduate Government College for Girls in Sector 42, Chandigarh, on Saturday.
Kher's father Lt Col Thakkar Singh, 98, was among those honoured. He was part of the Indo-China war of 1962 and was awarded the Sena Medal for his services in Nagaland. He was commissioned in 1941 and retired in 1968. Kher said, "I am happy that you are here and I am here… You climbed mountains for us, but now it is our turn to give back. I am proud to be the daughter of an ex-serviceman."
She clarified that her father would be celebrating his 102nd birthday in February next year, but official records put his age a little lower.
Major Sucha Singh Gill (retd), 98, who was also honoured, reported to the event along with son Brig PS Gill (retd). "I am honoured and feeling inspired," he said. Other awards World War II veteran Lt Bhupinder Singh Malik (retd), 96, was also honoured.
He was commissioned in 1942 and retired in 1945. Naib Subedar Sardara Singh (retd), 94, who got enrolled in 1941, had served during the World War II, and retired in 1965. World War II veteran Naib Subedar Bhajan Singh (retd), 93, was wounded on the right foot due to a splinter during action in 1941. He retired in 1960.
Havildar Rattan Chand (retd), 96, had served during World War II. He was enrolled in 1936 and retired in 1958. Vimla Charnalia, the wife of World War II veteran, Major CL Charnalia, Mohinder Kaur, wife of World War II veteran Captain HS Vohra and Vidya Wanti, wife of World War II veteran Naik Ram Singh, were also honoured.