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ARMY CHIEF PAYS HOMAGE TO MARTYRS


Drass,India, On the occasion of the 15th anniversary of ‘Operation Vijay Diwas’, General Bikram Singh, COAS arrived at Drass today.  The Army Chief was received by Lt Gen DS Hooda, Army Commander, Northern Command and Lt Gen BS Negi, GOC, 14 Corps.

The visit started with a solemn wreath laying ceremony at the war memorial by the Army Chief.  General Bikram Singh also interacted with the ‘Next of Kin’ of the martyrs, Veer Naris and the gallantry award winners.  In the somber mood at the event, all present remembered the losses borne proudly by the families of those who sacrificed their sons, husbands or brothers in the Kargil War in 1999.
 
Addressing the media, the COAS complimented them for their patriotic fervor and thanked them for covering the Kargil Vijay Diwas Celebrations year after year. He stated that paying homage to the martyrs who laid down their life for the nation’s cause was the most befitting way for him to mark the culmination of his career in the Army.  The chief stated that our defence preparedness is much better today than it was fifteen years ago. He assured the Nation that the Indian Army is fully capable of safeguarding the nation’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.