The golden jubilee celebrations of the 6th battalion of the 11th Gorkha Rifles culminated with a special ‘sainik sammelan’ at the Khasa Cantonment here on Sunday.
The battalion was founded on October 1, 1963 at Clement Town in Dehradun.
During 50 years of its glorious service to the nation, be it war or peace, the battalion always rose to the occasion. Besides it has also excelled in various fields such as sports and brought laurels of the battalion.
The occasion was graced by retired and serving officers, junior commissioned officers and other ranks of the battalion. A number of families of serving jawans and retired personnel came from Nepal to attend the golden jubilee celebrations.
The battalion remembered the valour of their comrades who laid down their lives in the line of duty. On the occasion, ‘veer naris’ were also felicitated.
The highlight of the celebrations was a yak dance by a troupe of the Sikkim government and a ‘kukree’ dance by soldiers of the battalion. A pipe band and a brass band also enthralled the guests.
A special day cover and a postage stamp of the battalion were released by Lt Gen Rakesh Sharma, Adjutant General and Colonel of 11 Gorkha Rifles, on the occasion.