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India remembers martyrs with pride, pain on Kargil Vijay Divas

New Delhi: The day on which the nation commemorates its hard-earned victory in the Kargil War is also an occasion that invokes feelings of both pain and pride for the families of the brave jawans who laid down their lives protecting the territory of India from intruders.

As the country celebrates the 15th anniversary of its triumph in Kargil War, both the jawans and the families of those killed in the conflict have come Kargil Vijay Diwas: 15 years on, India remembers martyrs with pride, paina long way. The families of the soldiers who made the supreme sacrifice for the country make it a point to visit the war memorial each year on the occasion of Vijay Diwas. They remember their loved ones with pride, but the feelings of sadness have not waned.

“This place and this day reminds us of those brave-hearts who sacrificed their lives for the country. Fifteen years and many peace overtures later, the situation on the LoC and the border has not changed much. The troops on the other side occasionally open fire at Indian posts, thereby violating the ceasefire agreed between India and Pakistan in 2003.

The army says it has not let its guard down and the jawans add that they are motivated and ready for any challenge.  Vijay Diwas makes the jawans remember the supreme sacrifices of their fellow soldiers and infuses them with a new vigor.

16411_599207The two-day event to mark Vijay Diwas and commemorate the martyrdom of the jawans was kicked off by Army Chief, Gen. Bikram Singh, who offered floral tributes at the Kargil War Memorial here. Many current and former top army officers also laid floral wreaths at the memorial this morning. That was followed by a memorial service and a visit to the ‘Hut of Remembrance’, a museum which has been constructed adjacent to the war memorial.

The celebrations of the 15th anniversary began with the lighting of lamps and a prayer service, which was followed by the traditional Pipe Band and Static Band display as well as the Beating Retreat.


~ News Courtesy CNN IBN

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