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Kargil Vijay Diwas 24th Anniversary : A Salute to India’s Valiant Heroes

Nation Pays Tribute to Soldiers’ Bravery and Sacrifice on Kargil Vijay Diwas 2023

Summary: Kargil Vijay Diwas, celebrated on July 26, honors the valor of Indian soldiers in the 1999 Kargil War against Pakistan. Events across India pay tribute to the heroes and their sacrifices, reminding the nation of their indomitable spirit and bravery.

Chennai, July 26, 2023 (City Times) : Kargil Vijay Diwas, an annual event celebrated on July 26, marks the victory of the Indian armed forces in the Kargil War against Pakistan. This year, India commemorates the 24th anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas with various events and ceremonies nationwide, paying homage to the valiant soldiers who demonstrated immense courage and sacrifice during the 1999 conflict.

Kargil Vijay Diwas 2023: Remembering History

The Kargil War erupted when Pakistani troops infiltrated Indian territory in the Kargil district of Jammu and Kashmir (now in Ladakh UT). Lasting from May to July 1999, the Indian Army responded by launching ‘Operation Vijay,’ aimed at reclaiming the Indian territory along the Line of Control (LoC) that had been seized by Pakistani infiltrators. To support this effort, the Indian Air Force executed an airstrike on May 26 under operation ‘Safed Sagar.’

On July 26, 1999, the Indian Army triumphantly declared the success of ‘Operation Vijay,’ successfully recapturing all military posts in Kargil that had previously fallen into the hands of Pakistani infiltrators.

The Significance of Kargil Vijay Diwas

Kargil Vijay Diwas carries profound significance as a day to honor and remember the brave soldiers of the Indian armed forces. Events, parades, and ceremonies are held across the country to pay tribute to the courageous souls who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of the nation during the Kargil War. The central ceremony takes place at the Kargil War Memorial in Drass, Ladakh. This year, the Indian Army has organized a two-day celebration at the memorial on July 25 and 26, with Defense Minister Rajnath Singh attending as the chief guest.

The solemn tributes at the Kargil War Memorial are accompanied by cultural programs and performances by Army bands. The Central government has also planned a year-long program to celebrate the silver jubilee of Kargil Vijay Diwas in the upcoming year.

Tributes from Political Leaders

On Kargil Vijay Diwas, the Congress paid heartfelt homage to the brave soldiers who sacrificed their lives for India’s victory over Pakistan in the 1999 Kargil war. Party chief Mallikarjun Kharge and former president Rahul Gandhi expressed their admiration for the martyrs’ courage and valor. They acknowledged that Kargil Vijay Diwas exemplifies the indomitable spirit of the brave sons of the country.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also paid heartfelt tributes, highlighting the extraordinary valor displayed by India’s warriors, who continue to inspire the nation. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh laid a wreath at the Dras war memorial, honoring the sacrifices of the Kargil war heroes.

Commemoration Events on Kargil Vijay Diwas 2023

The two-day commemoration event commenced with a solemn ceremony, where war heroes and families of fallen soldiers gathered at Lamochen viewpoint to pay tribute. The Northern Army Commander, Lieutenant General Upendra Dwivedi, was present as the chief guest, and a cultural program followed with the presence of Army Chief Gen Manoj Pande.

In Ladakh’s Drass, Army Chief Gen Manoj Pande interacted with veterans, gallantry award recipients, ‘Veer Naris,’ and locals to convey his gratitude on the eve of the 24th anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas. As a touching gesture, 559 lamps were lit at the Veer Bhoomi, symbolizing the sacrifice of each soldier.

Kargil Vijay Diwas remains a poignant and significant day for India, commemorating the bravery and sacrifices of the soldiers who secured our nation’s victory. The spirit of these courageous warriors continues to inspire generations, reminding us of their immense contribution to our nation’s history.

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