Union defence minister Manohar Parrikar on Sunday paid tribute to martyrs of the 1999 Kargil War by laying a wreath at Amar Jawan Jyoti, even as ex-servicemen kicked off a marathon to honour soldiers in New Delhi.
The heads of the three armed forces -- army chief general Dalbir Singh, air chief marshal Arup Raha and Navy chief Admiral RK Dhowan -- were also present on the occasion.
The Indo-Pakistan war took place between May and July 1999 in Jammu and Kashmir's Kargil district and elsewhere along the Line of Control (LOC).
The conflict, which claimed the lives of more than 500 officers and soldiers, many of whom were posthumously given gallantry awards, is also referred to as Operation Vijay, which was the name of the Indian operation that cleared the Kargil sector.
The town of Kargil is located 205km from Srinagar, and faces Pakistan's supposed northern areas across the Line of Control.