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Indian Army Day – 15 January

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Indian Army Day is celebrated on 15 January, every year.

Why is Army Day celebrated on this day?

It was on 15 January 1949, that Field Marshal K M Cariappa became the first Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army. He took over the command from British Commander-in-Chief, General Sir Francis Butcher.

What is the role of the Indian Army?

We learned that India has the second-largest active military in the world. The main roles of the Indian Army are:

  • To defend India, if attacked by foreign nations
  • To help civil society during calamities
  • To participate in the United Nation’s (UN) peacekeeping operations, as a part of India’s commitment to the UN.

How is the Indian Army day usually celebrated?

  • In Delhi and other Headquarters of the Indian Army, special parades and military shows are organised.
  • The latest weapons and war equipment are displayed in the functions.
  • The day recognises the contribution of the Indian soldiers by honouring them with bravery awards, including Vishist Seva medals, Sena Medals and unit credentials.

Who are the Leaders of the Indian Army?

  • The Chief of Army Staff is General Manoj Mukund Narvane.
  • President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, is the Supreme Commander of the Indian Army and other armed forces.

So, on Indian Army Day, we salute the army for their courage, commitment, contribution and sacrifices made towards the nation.


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