Army day observed in JK

Srinagar/Jammu: Army on Sunday organized several functions in many north Kashmir areas to commemorate the 67th Army Day.
In a statement, an army spokesman said that many programmes were held by its Chinar Corps at Baramulla and Gund-Manchar (Lolab).
“Interaction with ex-servicemen, medical camp and a painting competition for the children of Baramulla district was held while as medical and veterinary camps were organized for people of far flung areas of Lolab valley,” the spokesman said.
He said that besides others, district commissioner and DIG Police of Baramulla town were present on the occasion.
In Jammu, the northern command of the Indian Army has dedicated this year’s celebration of the army day on January 15 to the people of the state both in war and peacetime.
“The army day is being celebrated across the northern command with a theme, Indian Army: Friend of the Awam-In War and Peace,” Udhampur-based spokesman of the Northern Command, Col S D Goswami said.
He said that even as the army defends the borders and combats militancy, it has shown an “exceptional spirit of service when called upon to support internal security or in response to natural disasters.”
“Reiterating its commitment towards the Awam, a large number of medical and veterinary camps are being organised at various locations. For the school children and the youth, awareness lectures are specially being held at many places,” Goswami said.
He said that the army units across the Northern Command are celebrating army day that is being observed on January 15 every year.
“The event is of great significance and is observed to commemorate the assumption of the appointment of Lt Gen (later Field Marshal) K M Cariappa as the first Indian Commander-in-Chief of the Indian army, in 1949,” he said.
“This day inspires the troops to continue to enrich the glorious traditions of the Indian Army with their dedication and sacrifice. It is also a solemn occasion to salute the martyrs who made the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty and also an opportunity to remember the immense contribution of veterans in making our army what it is today,” he said.