Udaipur/Jaipur, The main Independence Day Celebrations in Rajasthan this year were held in the city of Udaipur, in which Army participated in full strength.  Therefore, 15 August 2014, witnessed the prowess of Indian Army as the ‘City of Lakes and Palaces’ woke up to the festivities of the state level celebrations of the 68thIndependence Day of the Nation.

            While the city was festooned in ‘Saffron’, ‘While’ and ‘Green’, the splash of ‘Olive Greens’ added sobriety to the event and reminded the Udaipur residents of Indian Army commitment towards the territorial integrity of the Country.  The representation of the Indian Army witnessed at each and every event held on the occasion, be it the felicitation ceremony to pay respect to our ‘Martyrs’ and ‘Veer Naris’ at the Railway Training Grounds, Udaipur on 14 August 2014 or the gathering at Maharana Bhopal Singh Stadium, Udaipur swaying to the tunes of the Indian Army bands on 15th morning, organized under the overall arrangements of Station Commander, Udaipur Military Station.

            The icing on the cake was the array of latest weaponry and equipment displayed at Fatehsagar Lake, Udaipur.  The event saw children and elders throng in huge numbers to get a glimpse of the ‘Tanks’, ‘Artillery Guns’, ‘Radars’ and ‘Infantry Weapons’ majestically lined up on the banks of the lake.  While cameras clicked and the roars of excitement rose as the day progressed, the commitment of the youth to commit themselves to the uniformed services was evident at the stalls set up by the Army Recruitment Directorate, to educate one and all about the prospects of joining the Armed Forces.  The boats-men from the Army Aqua Node, provided the perfect finale to the event in the form of a magnificent display in the Lake providing to the young and impressionable minds another facet of life in the Army.

            The gratitude of one and all, for the men who have committed their lives in the security of our ‘Motherland’ was aptly conveyed by the Hon’ble Chief Minister, Mrs Vasundhra Raje and all other dignitaries present on the occasion.  The crowds retired home as the Sun set behind the Aravalis, only reassured of the mettle and might of the Indian Army in accomplishing its onerous responsibilities.

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