Pune: 1971 War Victory Flame Reaches INS Shivaji In Lonavala

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Lonavala, 12th October 2021: Swarnim Vijay Mashaal, the victory flame, after traveling the length and breadth of the country, reached INS Shivaji, Lonavala on 11 October 2021.


The Swarnim Vijay Mashaal started its journey from the National War Memorial at Delhi on 16 December 2020 to celebrate 50 years of India’s glorious victory in the Indo Pak War of 1971. The journey of the victory flame will conclude at the war memorial Delhi on 16 December 2021, which is also celebrated annually as Vijay Divas.


The Swarnim Vijay Mashaal was hosted at INS Shivaji from 11-12 October 2021. Officers, sailors and all personnel of INS Shivaji greeted the victory flame with enthusiasm. On this occasion, Commanding Officer, Shivaji felicitated the war veterans and a wreath was laid at the War Memorial to commemorate the sacrifice of our gallant personnel of the Armed Forces.


A Barakhaana was organised for the war veterans and station personnel where the veterans reminisced their tales of the war with the station personnel. To promote the fighting spirit amongst station personnel, a basketball match was organised between the Navy Basketball team and the Southern Railways Basketball team. The flame was kept open for visitors in the memory of the unsung soldiers. The event concluded with the screening of a war movie at the station auditorium for school children to inspire our young generation with the tales of our war heroes.