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Punekars commemorate victory of jawans on Kargil Vijay Diwas

To commemorate the success of the Indian Armed Forces during Operation VIJAY, Kargil Vijay Diwas was celebrated on Wednesday at the National War Memorial, Camp.

pune Updated: Jul 27, 2017 14:39 IST
Ananya Barua
Ananya Barua
Hindustan Times, Pune
Pune,Kargil Diwas,Jawans
Students of Renuka Swarup Vidyalay, Sadashiv Peth celebrate Kargil Divas by waving the national flag of India on Wednesday, July 26.(Pratham Gokhale/HT PHOTO)

Marking 18 years of India’s victory over Pakistan in the Kargil War that broke in May 1999, along the high altitude mountain terrains, July 26 was celebrated as Kargil Diwas across the nation, including Pune. The war was fought for more than 60 days and finally concluded on July 26, 1999 with India’s victory .

To commemorate the success of the Indian Armed Forces during Operation VIJAY,Kargil Vijay Diwas was celebrated on Wednesday at the National War Memorial, Camp. The ceremony which was conducted in the morning was attended by military personnel of Pune and nearby satellite stations.

A commemorative wreath was laid at the memorial by lieutenant general RJ Noronha, PVSM, AVSM**, SM, ADC, chief of staff, Headquarters Southern Command on behalf of all ranks of the Southern Command. Later in the day, Punekars paid tribute to the martyrs by lighting candles at the National war Memorial.

Another school, Renuka Swaroop Girls High School, near Sadashiv Peth,paid tribute to the Kargil soldiers by organising a memorial programme at the campus.

A few days back, I Volunteer had organised "Send a letter to a soldier" event in lieu of prestigious Kargil Diwas, in remembrance of Kargil Martyr captain Manoj Pandey who in his last letter to the family said, “Aap log chitti avashya daalna, kyoki ladai ke maidan ke beech me chitti padhna kesa lagta hai, shayad aap log iska anubhav nai kar sakte (please write letters to us, because the experience of reading these letters in the midst of a war is something you will not understand)."

As many as 30 volunteers ranging from children of all ages, men and women to retired professionals from across Pune city came together at Bee’s Cafe, Aundh, on July 23, to write 120 letters to the jawans of the country. The event had retired major Nagrey and captain Prabhat Pandey as the guests of honour sharing their real life experiences on the battlefield.

First Published: Jul 27, 2017 14:39 IST