Kargil:26/7/19:The 20th Anniversary of Karg2il Vijay Diwas is being celebrated across the country today. The day marks the victory of Indian armed forces in Operation Vijay in 1999, when they evicted the infiltrators backed by Pakistani army of high outposts in Kargil sector.
The Kargil war was fought for more than 60 days and ended with India regaining control of all the previously held territory. The central theme of this year’s celebrations is ‘Remember, Rejoice and Renew’.
On the occasion, President Ram Nath Kovind, who is also the Supreme Commander of the armed forces, paid tributes at Chinar Corps Headquarters, Badamibag at Srinagar. President’s earlier programme of paying homage to war soldiers at Dras was cancelled due to bad weather.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also paid tributes to the brave soldiers of Indian Army who laid down their lives protecting their motherland. In a tweet, he said, the day reminds us of the courage, bravery and dedication of our soldiers.
The Prime Minister also shared on twitter some photographs of his Kargil visit in 1999 and described his interaction with soldiers as unforgettable. He said, during the Kargil War, he had the opportunity to go to Kargil and show solidarity with brave soldiers. Mr Modi said, he was working for his Party in Jammu and Kashmir as well as Himachal Pradesh at that time.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, three service chiefs along with three Service Vice Chiefs paid homage to Kargil Soldiers by laying wreath at National war memorial in New Delhi. Tributes were also paid to war heroes in Lok Sabha.
The celebrations of 20th Anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas began in Delhi on 14th of this month. The Victory Flame traversed through eleven towns and cities and finally reached Drass. At Drass, the victory flame was received from Major DP Singh and passed on to Param Veer Chakra awardee Yogendra Yadav and then to Army Chief Bipin Rawat to merge at Kargil War Memorial with eternal flame.
Main functions have been spread over three days beginning yesterday. A Commemoration Ceremony is being organized at the Manekshaw Centre in New Delhi, where a panel discussion with the war veterans and serving officers will be conducted. The event will be followed by Kargil Vijay Diwas Evening, a cultural extravaganza, at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium tomorrow.