The northern command of the Indian Army has dedicated this year's celebration of the army day on January 15 to the people of the state both in war and peace time.
"The army day is being celebrated across the northern command with a theme, Indian Army: Friend of the Awam - In War and Peace," Udhampur-based spokesman of the Northern Command, Col SD Goswami said.
He said that even as the army defends the borders and combats terrorism, it has shown an exceptional spirit of service when called upon to support internal security or in response to natural disasters.
"Reiterating its commitment towards the Awam, a large number of medical and veterinary camps are being organised at various locations. For the schoolchildren and the youth, awareness lectures are especially being held at many places," Goswami said.
He said that the army units across the Northern Command are celebrating army day that is being observed on January 15 every year.
"The event is of great significance and is observed to commemorate the assumption of the appointment of Lt Gen (later Field Marshal) K M Cariappa as the first Indian Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army, in 1949," he said.
He said the army has always played a pivotal role in nation building while displaying exemplary professionalism, commitment and bravery not only in defending the nation but also in all tasks entrusted to it.
"This day inspires the troops to continue to enrich the glorious traditions of the Indian Army with their dedication and sacrifice. It is also a solemn occasion to salute the martyrs who made the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty and also an opportunity to remember the immense contribution of veterans in making our army, what it is today," he said.