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Published On: Wed, Jul 26th, 2017

Nation celebrates Kargil Vijay Diwas today; President Kovind salute martyrs for their sacrifice

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g34NEW DELHI : The country is celebrating the 18th Anniversary of Nation celebrates Kargil Vijay Diwas today; President Ram Nath Kovind & PM Modi salute martyrs for their sacrifice today. On the occasion, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley and three Chiefs of Services laid floral tribute at Amar Jawan Jyoti, India Gate.
More than 500 soldiers from Indian Armed Forces sacrificed their lives during the war. Four Param Vir Chakras, nine Maha Vir Chakras, 53 Vir Chakras and other medals had been awarded to felicitate the Kargil War heroes. President Ram Nath Kovind today saluted the martyrs and their families for their sacrifice on the occasion of Kargil Vijay Diwas. In a tweet, Mr Kovind said, nation is grateful to the brave men and women of armed forces who keep the country safe and secure.
India today paid homage to martyrs and is remembering the sacrifices made by jawans during the 1999 War against Pakistan. Kargil Vijay Diwas is observed on July 26 every year to commemorate India’s triumph against Pakistan.
A wreath laying ceremony was held to pay tribute to soldiers who lost lives in Kargil War at Dras War Memorial. Defence Minister Arun Jaitley paid homage to soldiers who laid lives during the conflict, at Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate in New Delhi. Jaitley was accompanied by Chiefs of Armed Forces.

Earlier, Prime Narendra Modi has tweeted saying Kargil Vijay Diwas reminds of India’s military prowess and the great sacrifices the country’s armed forces make while steadfastly keeping India safe. “Remembering our brave soldiers who fought gallantly for the pride of our nation & the security of our citizens during the Kargil War,” Modi said in a series of tweets. BJP chief Amit Shah had paid tributes to Kargil martyrs and felicitated war veterans at the party headquarters yesterday.

Indian Army personnel on Monday displayed a Bofors gun in Drass. An army person told ANI that the Bofors used in the Kargil War majorly helped win the war. “The Bofor was used in the Kargil War and successfully conquered heights. It is highly capable of firing in various terrains. The gun can fire in both low angle and high angle. The gun’s maximum range is 30.9 kilometres,” he said.

Kargil Vijay Diwas, celebrated on 26th July, commemorates India’s emphatic victory against Pakistan and honours the war heroes. On this day in 1999, the Indian Army successfully took control of posts at a treacherous high altitude and glaciated terrain across the Himalayas in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, after fighting for 60 days.

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