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Pune – 27 October is celebrated as Infantry Day by the Indian Army as it was on this day in 1947 that the First Battalion of the SIKH Regiment was airlifted from Delhi and landed at Srinagar to liberate Kashmir valley from the invading tribals who were supported by Pakistan Army. The Infantrymen have been a part of all campaigns, wars and operations that the country has participated sofar. The wars include participation in World War I, World War II, 1947-48, 1962, 1965 and 1971. The various operations in which they have participated include Operation PAWAN, Operation VIJAY, Operation PARAKRAM, Operation MEGHDOOT, Operation RAKSHAK and Operation RHINO.

To honour the supreme sacrifice of the Infantry personnel who have taken part in all campaigns and operations of the Indian Army, a solemn Wreath Laying Ceremony was organised by Southern Command at National War Memorial, Pune on 27 October 2018 to commemorate the 72nd Infantry Day. Lieutenant General SK Saini, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, Yudh Seva Medal, Vishisht Seva Medal, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Command, laid the wreath in remembrance and honour of all those members of the Infantry fraternity, who made the supreme sacrifice for the country. Lieutenant General RV Kulkarni (Retd), Param Vishist Seva Medal, Uttam Yudh Seva Medal, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, senior most Veteran, laid the wreath on behalf of the Veterans. The event was attended by many Serving & Retired Officers, Junior Commissioned Officers, Other Ranks and their families. Mrs RK Dadkar, war widow of Late Major RK Dadkar, Vir Chakra, Mrs Lineeta Tathawade, war widow of Late Major Pradeep Tathawade, Kirti Chakra and other Veer Naris were also present during the wreath laying ceremony.

Lieutenant General SK Saini conveyed his appreciation and best wishes to all ranks and families of the Infantry fraternity, on the occasion of the Infantry Day and urged them to continue to serve with dedication and uphold the values of our great Indian Army.