On Army Day, Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir among others pay tribute to India’s heroes
Sports Minister Rajyvardhan Singh Rathore, cricketers Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir and Suresh Raina among others paid tribute to the Indian Army.cricket Updated: Jan 15, 2018 16:16 IST
India celebrated its 70th Army Day on Monday as tensions escalated on the border with the military involved in neutralising terrorists in the Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir. The day is celebrated to mark the occasion of Field Marshall KM Cariappa taking over as the country’s first army commander-in-chief on January 15, 1949.
Several netizens paid tribute to the Indian Army, including sportspersons, who took to Twitter to express their thoughts. Several distinguished sportspersons have been a part of the Army, including the likes of Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, the 2004 Olympic silver medallist who currently is the union sports minister.
“Our Flag does not fly because the wind moves it, it flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it” Salutations to the Indian Army on #ArmyDay.Their dedication and selfless service towards the country is an inspiration to the world,” former India cricketer Mohammed Kaif tweeted.
"Our Flag does not fly because the wind moves it, it flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it" Salutations to the Indian Army on #ArmyDay.Their dedication and selfless service towards the country is an inspiration to the world. pic.twitter.com/zkkvtg4C6w— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) January 15, 2018
Among other distinguished names who were a part of the Indian Army before switching over to pursue sports are Jitu Rai (shooting), Vijay Kumar (shooting), Ram Singh Yadav (long distance runner) and the legendary Milkha Singh (sprinting).
Rathore wrote: “Salute to band of brothers. Nation first, always and every time. #ArmyDay.”
Boxer Vijender Singh, too, was among a few others to join in on social media. “Indian Army has time and again lived up to its tradition of valour, heroism,sacrifice & fortitude.On 70th #ArmyDay ,let us show our gratitude to the brave soldiers for their selfless service to the nation. Jai Hind! #IndianArmy #ArmyDay,” he stated.
Saluting our brave soldiers and their families. You battle the harshest weather & terrain and go above & beyond to protect our nation’s borders. Thank you for your service! #ArmyDay #JaiHind pic.twitter.com/R7S9w3sSjB— sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) January 15, 2018
Before you paint d town red exactly a month from now on Valentine’s Day, how about doing it in Army Olive Green today on #ArmyDay...Let your armed forces, your country be your Valentine @adgpi #IndianArmy #IndianArmyDay— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) January 15, 2018
Indian Army has time and again lived up to its tradition of valour, heroism,sacrifice & fortitude.On 70th #ArmyDay ,let us show our gratitude to the brave soldiers for their selfless service to the nation.— Vijender Singh (@boxervijender) January 15, 2018
Jai Hind ! 🇮🇳#IndianArmy #ArmyDay pic.twitter.com/Rfwm0CzsUc
Thank you to all our brave soldier broters for everything.. I salute you INDIAN ARMY ZINDABAD..INDIAN FOUJI ZINDABAD.HINDUSTAN ZINDABAD. JAI BHARAT🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳 #ArmyDay @adgpi pic.twitter.com/9LSGVzoR6K— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) January 15, 2018
My salute & respect to each & every soldier who puts his today at risk for our tomorrow. They guards the borders & face the enemy to keep us safe and protected at all times. Thank you all. #ArmyDay #JaiHind🇮🇳✌️👍☝️👌 pic.twitter.com/LBziuNU53a— Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) January 15, 2018
Among other cricketers who paid their tributes to the country’s brave hearts were Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh and VVS Lasman.