15 January : Army Day in India
India celebrates Army Day on January 15 every year to commemorate the achievements of the first Indian Commanders in Chief of the Indian Army, General (later Field Marshal) K.M. Cariappa. This day marks the day when Cariappa, who led Indian forces to victory in the 1947 war, took over the command of the Indian Army from General Sir FRR Bucher, the last British Commander-in-Chief in 1949 and became the first Indian Commanders-in-Chief of Independent India. The Army Day is celebrated every year to honor Cariappa and the defense forces.
75th Army Day
Until last year, the main Army Day parade was held at the Cariappa Parade ground in Delhi where Service Chiefs paid homage to the Indian Army. However, this year as part of an initiative to take major events to other parts of the country, away from the national capital region, the 75th Army Day will be held in Bengaluru. The rationale behind the move is to bring about increased visibility of these events and secure greater engagement with the local population.
Army Day Parade and Activities
- The parade on Army Day will begin with a wreath-laying ceremony by Chief of Army Staff General Manoj Pande at Madras Engineer Centre War Memorial. Gen. Pande will then review the Army Day parade. COAS unit citations will also be awarded to units for their exceptional performance.
- As many as eight marching contingents including a horse-mounted contingent from the Army Service Corps and a military band comprising regimental brass bands will be a part of this year’s Army parade. The Army Day parade will also be supported by a flypast of Army aviation Dhruv and Rudra helicopters.
- As a part of the Army outreach program to build a better bond with civilians, a run was organized in Hyderabad at Necklace Road where around 1,000 people participated.
- A blood donation camp was also organized in which 7,500 units of blood were donated in both Hyderabad and Secunderabad at Military hospitals.
Theme for the Event
In 2022, the Indian Army’s theme for the event was “In Stride with the Future”. It was seen as an acknowledgement of the “increasingly critical role played by niche and disruptive technologies in modern warfare”.
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