15th January is very important day for The Indian Army. It is called the Army Day. The day is celebrated to honor the courage and brave soldiers of our army who sacrificed their lives for the nation. The reason why the Army Day is celebrated on 15th January is because the first Indian General K. M. Cariappa took over as commander-in-chief of the Indian Army from General Sir Francis Butcher. This took place on 15th January 1949. Since then Army Day marks an important event to salute the brave soldiers of our country. General K. M. Cariappa was later designated as the First Field Marshal of the armed forces.
The celebrations comprise of a Parade with tributes being paid to Army soldiers who sacrificed their lives at the Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate in New Delhi. In fact, the Parade starts after paying homage at the Amar Jawan Jyoti – the eternal flame that reminds us of the lives of brave Indian soldiers.
After the Parade which includes military shows to display new technology and accomplishment in the Indian army, Bravery awards and Sena medals are distributed on this great occasion. During the military show the developments like missiles, tanks, military vehicles, helicopters all are displayed. The nation celebrates the Army Day as an inspiration to all who are connected with Indian Army that protects our motherland.
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