First ‘Armed Forces Veteran’s Day’ observed

Lucknow, Jan 14 (IANS) Ahead of its Army Day, celebrating the accession of the first Indian army chief, the Indian Army observed the first ‘Armed Forces Veteran’s Day’ here on Saturday.

The commemoration started with the wreath-laying ceremony at the War Memorial here by senior veterans, serving personnel and Maj Gen Vinod Sharma, General Officer Commanding, Madhya Uttar Pradesh Sub Area, followed by a Veterans’ Rally at the Surya Auditorium.

In addition, a Medical and Dental Camp and other allied Veterans’ Services were extended towards the welfare of veteran ex-servicemen during the day. A series of important veterans related lecture and talks were organised for the veterans to spread awareness on the pertinent issues.

The Indian Army celebrates Army Day on January 15 to mark the anniversary of Gen (subsequently Field Marshal) K.M. Carriappa taking over the reins of the Indian Army from Gen. Sir Roy Bucher in 1949.