To commemorate the 62nd raising day of Western Command a solemn wreath laying ceremony was held at the Western Command War Memorial 'Veer Smriti' on Tuesday at Chandimandir military station near Chandigarh.
The ceremony commenced with Wreath laying by Lt Gen MS Buttar, Chief of Staff, Western Command at the war memorial and was followed by the 'salami shastra' and 'shoka shastra' salutes to pay homage to the brave martyrs of the Western Command who laid down their life in the service to the nation, a defence spokesman said.
Raised on September 15, 1947 the Western Command was popularly known as the Delhi and East Punjab Area (DEP) Command.
Western Command it was instrucmental in effectively blunting the Pakistani aggressions in 1947, 1965 and 1971, and subsequently carrying the battle into enemy territory, thereby underlining the resilience and offensive spirit of the men who form part of this command.
During the period of militancy in Punjab, Western Command rendered yeoman's service in combating terrorism and restoring normalcy and faith of civilians in the democratically installed government of the state, the spokesman said.
Apart from its primary role of preparing for war, the western command has been actively engaged in counter insurgency and counter terrorist operations in the Jammu region.
A total of nine CRPF battalions have been trained by the command in counter terrorist operations alongwith the RPF battalions whose training is under progress.