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The 16th Kargil Diwas was observed on 26 Jul 2015 with great pride during a solemn ceremony organised at the National War Memorial, Pune. A wreath was laid at the Memorial, by Lt Gen Ashok Singh, GOC-in-C Southern Command on behalf of all ranks of Southern Command to pay a tribute to those who made the supreme sacrifice during the Kargil conflict. Subsequently, citizens of Pune also paid their tribute to the martyrs by lighting candles at the Memorial during the hours of last light on the same day.

This day reminds us of the supreme sacrifice of our 527 fallen heroes and others who valiantly fought the battle of Kargil with Pakistan on the icy heights of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. This year marks the 16th anniversary of the grand victory.

Kargil Diwas, has been named after the success of Operation Vijay. On this day India regained command of the high outposts which were occupied by Pakistani intruders during winter months. The Kargil war was fought for more than 60 days which ended on 26 July 1999 with decisive win for India. This day is celebrated in the Kargil – Dras Sector and also at New Delhi, where the Prime Minister, pays homage to the soldiers at Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate every year. Functions are also organised all over the country to commemorate the glorious victory and the supreme sacrifice of our gallant soldiers.

We salute our war heroes who braved great adversity of high mountains, icy winds and extreme hardship and the sacrifice they made for this nation. The valiant display of their exemplary effort, courage and selfless devotion to the country is today as fresh in our minds as it was on the day of July 26, 1999, the official day of the declaration of eviction of all Pak intruders from the Indian soil. This day also reminds us that while we as a nation stand as an embodiment of peace, we also have the capability to fight and win a war that is forced upon us.

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