On the 44th anniversary of Vijay Diwas, celebrated to mark the victory of the Indian forces over Pakistani forces during the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971, the district administration and the retired army officers paid homage to the martyrs on Wednesday.
Deputy commissioner TL Satyaprakash paid homage at the memorial. The day saw floral tributes being paid at the war memorial in John Hall in Civil Lines, which has been constructed in memory of 34 soldiers of Gurgaon who were killed during the war.
“The memorial symbolises courage and determination of soldiers, who changed the course of history with their undeterred professionalism, bringing glory and honour to the nation. In this war, the surrender of the Pakistan army led to the subsequent secession of East Pakistan into Bangladesh,” Satyaprakash said at the memorial.
Meanwhile, wreaths were laid by the veterans, civilians and army officers followed by a two-minute silence to pay homage to the martyrs of the 1971 war.
A similar function was held at Rezang-La War Memorial Chowk at Palam Vihar, which was organised by the martyrs’ family welfare foundation. Hundreds of people laid the wreaths and remembered the sacrifice of the Indian forces.
After paying homage to the soldiers, around 13 veterans were honoured and felicitated by the martyrs’ family welfare foundation. These veterans were part of the war and called it a historical battle that India fought.
The ex-servicemen said that on December 16, 1971, Lieutenant General Amir Abdullah Khan Naizi accepted the surrender of his forces and signed the surrender document offered by Lieutenant General Jagjit Singh Arora, commander of the Indian forces.
“We celebrate Vijay Diwas to remember the battle fought by the Indian forces, which changed the geography of India. The Indo-Pakistan war of 1971, which began on December 3, lasted for 13 days and officially ended on December 16, after which Pakistan surrendered,” said Major (retired) SN Yadav.