Historic Moment as PM Modi Unfurls Tricolor on 77th Independence Day at Red Fort
New Delhi, August 15 (City Times): PM Modi Unfurls Tricolor: A moment of historical significance unfolded at the iconic Red Fort as Prime Minister Narendra Modi unfurled the Indian tricolor flag, marking the 77th Independence Day celebrations. The occasion held a special distinction as PM Modi achieved a remarkable feat by becoming the first non-Congress Prime Minister to hoist the national flag for the 10th consecutive time from the Red Fort.
Before this emblematic act, PM Modi paid a solemn tribute to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, at Rajghat, underscoring the deep reverence for India’s foundational values.
10 Times Unfurling of the National Flag
With the dignified hoisting of the tricolor on the 77th Independence Day, Prime Minister Modi joined the esteemed ranks of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who also accomplished the impressive feat of hoisting the flag on ten consecutive occasions. The Prime Minister’s unwavering commitment to this symbolic act has solidified his place in history, placing him alongside leaders who have contributed significantly to the nation’s journey.
A Legacy of Flag-Bearers: Continuing the Tradition
Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first Prime Minister, and his daughter Indira Gandhi have left an indelible mark on this tradition, having unfurled the flag more than ten times at the Red Fort since the nation’s inception. This symbolic act of leadership and patriotism has become a tradition that symbolizes the essence of India’s progress and unity.
Hoisting With Honor: A 21-Gun Salute and Petal Shower
The ceremonial unfurling of the tricolor was accompanied by a dignified 21-gun salute rendered by the elite 8711 Field Battery (Ceremonial), commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Vikas Kumar. As the flag reached for the sky, petals cascaded from two indigenously built Dhruv advanced light helicopters Mark-III of the Indian Air Force, piloted by Wing Commander Amber Agarwal and Squadron Leader Himanshu Sharma.
Prime Minister’s Address: A Message to the Nation
Following this poignant moment, Prime Minister Modi addressed the nation for the 10th consecutive year. With deep pride and conviction, he stood before the gathered citizens, ready to share his thoughts and vision for India’s future. The Red Fort stood witness to a leader addressing ‘140 crore family members,’ underscoring the unity and shared aspirations that define the nation.
Guardians of Honor: Welcoming the Prime Minister
Amidst an atmosphere charged with patriotism, Prime Minister Modi’s arrival at the Red Fort was accompanied by a ceremonial welcome. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Minister of State for Defence Ajay Bhatt, and Defence Secretary Giridhar Aramane were present to extend their greetings. The occasion was also graced by the introduction of the General Officer Commanding (GoC), Delhi Area, Lieutenant General Dhiraj Seth.
From Hoisting to Addressing: PM Modi’s Pivotal Moment
As the nation watched, Prime Minister Modi meticulously inspected the Guard of Honour, paying homage to the guardians of the nation’s security. He then ascended the ramparts of the Red Fort, the historic site that witnessed the birth of India’s freedom. Amidst cheers and anticipation, PM Modi unfurled the national flag, a symbol of unity and sovereignty.
A Shower of Petals and Words: Embodying Unity
The celebratory atmosphere was further enhanced by a breathtaking shower of flower petals from Indian Air Force helicopters. This graceful gesture symbolized the nation’s collective hopes and dreams taking flight. Following this poignant spectacle, Prime Minister Modi commenced his address to the nation, standing on the historic grounds of the Red Fort, encapsulating the spirit of India’s 77th Independence Day celebrations.
As the echoes of PM Modi’s words resonated across the nation, the Red Fort stood as a testament to India’s past, present, and future. The unfurling of the tricolor and the Prime Minister’s address formed a harmonious symphony of patriotism, unity, and hope for a brighter tomorrow.