Chetak Corps commemorate Infantry Day

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bathinda
  • Updated: Oct 27, 2014 21:11 IST

On the occasion of Infantry Day celebrated on October 27 every year, the Chetak Corps paid tribute to its men who made the supreme sacrifice for the country.

To mark the occasion, a wreath-laying ceremony was organised at the Bathinda military station. Lt Gen PM Hariz, SM, VSM, General Officer Commanding Chetak Corps, laid a wreath at the war memorial named yodha yaadgar in the presence of officers, junior commissioned officers and other ranks.

In his message to the infantry soldiers, Hariz exhorted them to carry forward the ideals of true professionalism to greater heights while evolving with changing times to face the challenges of the modern-day battlefield.

Infantry Day is celebrated on October 27 every year as it was on this day in 1947 that the first contingent of infantry landed at the Srinagar airfield and defended Srinagar from Pakistani intruders. The gallant infantrymen fought with courage and helped retain Kashmir as a part of independent India.

The Indian infantry not only proved its mettle in the two World Wars, but has made outstanding contributions in the four wars since Independence. The performance in Siachen, along the Line of Control (LoC) and fighting militancy in Kashmir and in the North-East has won it accolades. The infantry has also been at the forefront in rendering aid to civil authorities in various parts of the nation and peacekeeping operations abroad.

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