Defence Minister AK Antony on Sunday greeted armed forces personnel on the eve of New Year, hoping it will "usher in peace, prosperity, goodwill and happiness".
In his message, he said: "New Year is a time for fresh hopes and new expectations. Reflecting on the year that has gone by, my thoughts go out to our Jawans who lost their lives while performing their duties in inhospitable terrain and adverse climatic conditions, living away from their families."
"The nation will always remember their sacrifice," the minister added.
Antony also extended New Year greetings to civilian employees in the ministry of defence and their families.