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Armed forces celebrate 'Flag Day'

Posted on Dec 08, 12:42PM | UNI

An impressive and solemn function was held at the Punjab State War Memorial here today to mark Armed Forces Flag Day.

Flag day is important as the nation on this day take a pledge to ensure rehabilitation of the families of the martyrs, who laid down their lives for the nation.

The function was organised by Vajra Corps and the District Sainik Welfare Board Jalandhar. General Officer Commanding, Vajra corps was the chief guest on the occasion. He was welcomed and received by Priyank Bharti, IAS, Deputy Commissioner and President Zila Sainik Board here along with Brig K S Dhillon (Retd), Vice President of the board.

The GOC Lt Gen Madhok of the 11th corps laid wreath at the Punjab State War Memorial and paid homage to the war heroes of Punjab. Senior serving and retired Army officers, Civil dignitaries, Ex-servicemen, widows of martyrs and others also attended the function.

The programme started with a devotional song by students of the local BD Arya College for girls.

The function was held with full military honours.Girl students pinned sticker flags to the chief guest and others.

Lt Gen Madhok addressed the gathering on the occasion.

He recalled the sacrifices made by the brave soldiers who had sacrificed their lives in the service of the Nation. History, he said will always remember the martyrs of Punjab and their contribution in ensuring freedom land security of the nation.

General Officer made, fervent appeal to all, to contribute generously on the occasion, as their contribution would go a long way in mitigating the hardships faced by widows of the heroes of Punjab. He further said the contribution made to the Flag Day fund are utilised by the Sainik Boards for empowerment of widows, disabled soldiers, Ex-servicemen and their dependents.

On behalf of Vajra Corps, the General Officer Commanding presented a cheque for Rs 30,000/- to the District Welfare Board, amount to be used for the welfare of Ex-servicemen and widows. The Chief guest and others also visited 'Hall of Fame'.