SWARNIM VIJAY VARSH
"This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave." – Elmer Davis
"There is nothing nobler than risking your life for your country." – Nick Lampson
SWARNIM VIJAY MASHAL
India celebrates December 16 as Vijay Diwas to commemorate its victory over Pakistan during the 1971 war that led to the creation of Bangladesh.
The year 2021 is being celebrated as Swarnim Vijay Varsh. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 16 Dec 2020 lit the ‘Swarnim Vijay Mashaal’ from the eternal flame of the National War Memorial Delhi, marking the beginning of the 50th anniversary year celebrations of India’s victory over Pakistan in 1971.
Mr. Modi was joined by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, the Chief of Defence Staff and tri-service chiefs as he laid wreath and paid homage to the soldiers who made the supreme sacrifice for the country.
Four victory mashals (flaming torches) are being carried to various parts of India, in the four cardinal directions (NEWS), to the villages of Chakra awardees (PVC,MVC and VrC) of the 1971 war. Soil from the villages of these awardees and from areas where major battles were fought in 1971 are being brought to the National War Memorial (NWM). The nation is celebrating ‘Swarnim Vijay Varsh’ (Golden victory year) through several events across the country, and it will continue for the entire year.
Various commemorative events are being conducted pan-India wherein war veterans are being felicitated. Band displays, seminars, exhibitions, equipment displays, film festivals, conclaves and adventure activities are also also being held.
VIJAY MASHAL ARRIVES MUMBAI
GATEWAY OF INDIA
As part of the celebrations, the Vijay Jyoti, during its journey across the length and breadth of the country, arrived at Gateway of India, Mumbai on 01 Sep 21. It was brought to the venue by personnel of the 15 Punjab Regiment and received by the Honourable Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shri Uddhav Thackeray, in the presence of senior officers from three services, veterans of the 1971 war and other dignitaries. The following War Veterans were felicitated by the Chief Minister, amidst an impressive flypast by the IAF :
a) Adm L Ramdas, PVSM, AVSM, VrC, VSM
b) Adm VS Shekhawat, PVSM, AVSM, VrC
c) LtGen FT Dias, PVSM, AVSM, VrC
d) Wg Cdr DC Nayyar, VrC
e) Nk DR Bansode, VrC
On 02 Sep 21, the Victory Flame travelled to Naval Dockyard and was received by Vice Admiral R Hari Kumar, PVSM, AVSM, VSM, ADC, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command, at the Gaurav Stambh Memorial in a solemn ceremony @1055 hrs. The Commander-in-Chief paid homage to the bravehearts who laid down their lives during the war by laying a wreath at the Stambh. A ceremonial guard was also paraded to mark the occasion.
On completion of this ceremony, the Victory Flame was taken to the 22nd Missile Vessel Squadron, the Killer Squadron, that inherited the legacy of courage and bravery from the boats that played a pivotal role in the 1971 war. It was Missile Boats of the Killer Squadron that caused havoc in Karachi in Dec 1971 and deservedly won the epithet ‘Killers’. The Navy Day each year is celebrated on 04 Dec to commemorate the heroic acts of these ‘First Strike’ elements of the Indian Navy that live by the singular aim and purpose of ‘Hit First, Hit Hard’. The event was attended by some esteemed veterans of the Killer Squadron that had participated in Operation Trident and Operation Python during the war.
In an impressive ceremony, Vice Adm R Hari Kumar, PVSM, AVSM, VSM, ADC felicitated Senior Veterans Cmde IJ Sharma, AVSM, VrC ; VAdm SCS Bangara, PVSM, AVSM and Cmde PK Puri. Some veterans spoke during the event and shared their glorious experiences of bravery. The event concluded with Rear Adm Atul Anand, Flag Officer Commanding Maharashtra Naval Area (FOMA), delivering the vote of thanks and reiterating the Killer Squadron's commitment to remain ever ready to sail into harm’s way and strike fear in the enemy when called upon to do so, in line with the rich legacy the Squadron has inherited from its revered forebears. After the impressive ceremony the guests were escorted for delectable Lunch in the FMU building.
VIJAY MASHAL VISITS ANCHORAGE JUHU
Anchorage building Juhu is a home to quite a few senior War Veterans. The Victory flame visited the location @11am on 04 Sep. An impressive ceremony was organised at the Anchorage premises by Cmde Sanjay Sachdeva, NOIC(Mah), where the NOIC received the Flame from the Marshals and handed it over to the Chakra Awardees. It was a Proud and emotional moment for all present. Veterans paid their homage to their dear colleagues who rendered their supreme sacrifice and could not return from the War. The following gallantry War Veterans were felicitated
a) Cmde IJ Sharma, AVSM, VrC.
b) Cdr Ashok Kumar, VrC.
NOIC presented Cmde IJ Sharma and Cdr Ashok Kumar with Mementos after which the two daring War Veterans recounted the personal encounters of the War. Cmde IJ Sharma presented Soil from his house in a Kalash to NOIC to be taken to the National War Memorial in Delhi. After the ceremony a tea party had been organised for the guests.
Cdr Vijay Vadhera, President NFMC had been invited and had the privilege of attending all the three events.
After visit of the Victory Flame to Houses of other Chakra gallantry War Veterans, escorted by the Mashaal Marshals, the Victory Flame shall begin its onward journey to Goa on 09 Sep to be with the Armed forces personnel, the War Veterans and citizens of the Goa.
Sam No Varunah
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WAR VETERANS : CAPT SS SETHI, CDR VIJAY VADHERA NM(G),
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