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Vijay Diwas marking forces' honour celebrated

Vijay Diwas marks the finest hour of Indian armed forces in their campaign to liberate Bangladesh in 1971.

india Updated: Dec 16, 2006 17:34 IST

Vijay Diwas, marking the finest hour of Indian armed forces in their campaign to liberate Bangladesh in 1971, was celebrated on Saturday with floral tributes, cultural shows and exhibitions.

Defence Minister AK Antony led the nation in paying homage to the brave soldiers who laid down their lives for the country by paying floral tributes at Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate.

Antony, his deputy Rao Inderjit Singh, three service Chiefs Air Chief Marshal SP Tyagi, Gen JJ Singh and Admiral Sureesh Mehta laid wreaths at the memorial, as soldiers reversed arms and buglers sounded the last post.

This was followed by service helicopters showering petals on the war memorial in the presence of hundreds of schoolchildren.

Tributes at India Gate were followed by holding of a cultural show at the National Stadium where hundreds of NCC cadets presented a colourful cultural extravaganza.

A dog show was also held on the occasion. A tri-service band will perform a concert at the India Gate lawns from 5:30 pm as people from all walks of life will light candles in the memory of martyrs.