History of Army Day celebrations on January 15
After India attained independence on August 15, 1947, the Indian Armed Forces were to be distributed among two newly formed nations, namely, India and Pakistan. Therefore, in 1948, four of the ten Gurkha regiments were transferred to the British army. Of the remaining six regiments, distribution was done between India and Pakistan. Until 1949, the Indian army was not the leader of the Indian army. Therefore, on 15 January 1949 the then Lieutenant General KM Karipappa took charge as the first Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army. Before assuming the post of General of India Army, General K M Karupappa, General Sir Francis Butcher was captured by the position which is still known as the last British Commander-in-Chief of India.
Since then, on January 15 every year, we all come together to celebrate the Indian Army Day. In simple words, the Indian Army Day is celebrated as the day when we got our Indian leader to lead the army for any future operation.
Every year, January 15 is celebrated as Indian Army Day. There is no such day when we hear the loss of our brave son and martyred for the nation. The Indian Army is one of the strongest defense forces in the country who is eagerly active in protecting the country against attacks and infiltration. But how many of us do you celebrate Army Day on January 15? The Indian army is a team of brave soldiers, whose country’s priority is the most important. Even his family also comes. The Indian Army’s own motto is “service before yourself”, so it describes almost everything to the readers.
How is Army Day celebrated?
In order to pay homage to the war heroes of the country, Indian Arma Diwas is celebrated every year, who sacrificed their lives for the country. On this day, the Amar Jawan Jyoti in India Gate is paid tribute to the martyrs of the Indian Army.
Various programs are organized at various places throughout the country. On this day, the Indian Army shows its tank, missile, carrier, modern weaponry and other weapons as the strength of the Indian Army.
On this special day for the Indian Army, the honor ceremony is performed to honor the brave soldiers of the Indian Army. Bahadur Award including Vishal Seva Medal, Sena Medal, and unit certificate is presented to the concerned soldiers of the Army.
There are 19 wonderful facts about the Indian Army which will be proud of you:
- Indian Army was born in 1776 under the Government of East India Company in Calcutta.
- So far, only two Army General Field Marshal has reached the position. They are Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw and Field Marshal Kendendrara Madappa Kariappa.
- In the case of global ranking, the Indian Army is in third place after China and USA.
- Indian Army is the largest volunteer army in the world.
- The Indian Army is the largest contributor to UN peacekeeping operations.
- Indian Armed Forces also work in Siachen Glacier. The Siachen Glacier is the world’s highest battlefield, which is 5000 meters above sea level.
- The selection process in the Indian Army is completely neutral. This means that selection is not done on the basis of caste, income or even references. The only qualified candidate is always chosen among others.
- The Indian Army did the construction of the belly bridge to connect the newly formed Rive and Dres Rive in Ladakh. It is the world’s highest bridge with a height of 5602 meters.
- MES (Military Engineering Services) is the largest construction agency in India.
- With the launch of Agni-6, India will be able to kill any part of the world (except parts of North America and South America).
- In the Longow War, Indian Army showed its ability, where 120 Indian soldiers fought with 2000 Pakistani soldiers. The interesting fact is that the Indian army won the war and made a huge destruction to the Pakistani army.
- The Ezhimala Naval Academy located in Kerala is one of its kind throughout Asia.
- Many celebrities (Lieutenant Colonel Kapil Dev, Group Captain Sachin Tendulkar, Lt Col MS Dhoni, Lieutenant Colonel Abhinav Bindra) are also given honorary army rank.
- Param Vir Chakra is the highest military honor given to Indian soldiers who performed their best in the battlefield and made Indian pride. So far, 21 soldiers have been honored with the Param Vir Chakra prize.
- The Indian Army is always called in many civil operations. (Operation Relief, Operation Blue Star, etc.)
- Subedar Yogendra Singh Yadav and Naib Subedar Sanjay Kumar are the only two winners of Param Vir Chakra, who are still alive.
- Indian para commandos are considered to be the best in the world.
- The Kargil War (in 1999) is considered to be the biggest achievement of the Indian Army.
- At the top, the slogan of the Indian Army is “service before yourself”.