An army mela was organised at the Khasa military station in Amritsar on Monday, which was attended by about 15,000 people, including army veterans and students from across Punjab.
Twenty-nine differently abled veteran soldiers were gifted Activa scooters. Sixty widows of martyrs were honoured on the occasion. A medical camp was also organised for ex-servicemen.
As many as 2,000 students from 35 schools across Gurdaspur, Amritsar and Tarn Taran districts converged to see the display of weapons, tanks, guns, radars and aircraft
A cultural show of martial music by resplendently attired army bands, a performance of kalaripayattu, a martial art form from Kerala, malkhamb and a live combat power display were among the major attractions of the mela. Skydiving, para-motor sailing and a dog show were the other highlights of the event.
The "Awareness and Entrepreneurship" kiosks provided an opportunity to veterans to know about the new welfare schemes for ex-servicemen. Motivational films on the Indian Army were also screened.
Lt General Sanjeev Madhok, General Officer Commanding, Vajra Corps, was the chief guest. The General Officer Commanding of Panther Division, the chief host, delivered the vote of thanks.