Dignity and nostalgia marked the Infantry Day celebrations at Western Command here on Monday. On this occasion, a solemn wreath laying ceremony was held at the 'Veer Smriti', where Lt Gen KJ Singh, Army Commander, Western Command, laid the wreath to pay homage to martyrs.
This was followed by a Special Sainik Sammelan where Major General AK Singh, Senior Infantry Officer, addressed troops. A social interaction was organised at the Khetrapal Officers Institute, Chandimandir, in the evening.
Barakhanas (informal dinner) were also organised at all infantry battalions at the station.
The Infantry Day is celebrated on October 27 every year. On this day in 1947, the first battalion of The Sikh Regiment landed in Srinagar to defend the valley against the onslaught of Pakistani raiders. This was the beginning of a new era of valour and sacrifice for the Indian Army. Ever since, the infantry has stood tall against all adversities and played a stellar role in all operations.
During Kargil operations of 1999, the infantry had played the leading role in beating Pakistani aggression.