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Pune, 16 December 2019 : “Vijay Diwas 2019” was celebrated by Headquarters Southern Command on 16 December 2019 at the National War Memorial, Pune. This day is to commemorate the gallant action of the Indian Army which marks the splendid victory achieved by India over Pakistan 48 years ago. The “GREATEST VICTORY EVER” was in support of liberation of Bangladesh and saw the emergence of Bangladesh as an independent Nation. With this decisive victory, the Armed Forces of India once again affirmed themselves as a strong component of National power.

The solemn ceremony on 16 December 2019 was held in remembrance for the brave sons of India who made the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty. The memorial service which had the military band in attendance, included rendition of patriotic songs by children from various schools and prayers by the religious teachers of the Armed Forces to pay homage to the martyrs. Wreaths were laid by Senior Veterans of Pune which included Officers, Junior Commissioned Officers and Other Ranks. Homage was also paid by senior civil officers and prominent citizens of Pune. The final wreath as a mark of respect to the martyrs was laid by Lieutenant General SK Saini, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, Yudh Seva Medal, Vishisht Seva Medal,General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Command. The silence observed by all present echoed skywards to the martyrs of this great nation as an appropriate tribute to their steely resolve to defend India at all costs.

The 1971 Indo Pak War began with Pakistan launching pre-emptive air strikes against 11 Indian airbases on 03 December 1971. The war was forced upon India due to widespread genocide of people of East Pakistan which led to a large influx of refugees into India. The war, which was short and intense, was fought on both Eastern and Western fronts. The 13 day war resulted in surrender of Pakistani forces and the creation of Bangladesh. During the war, Southern Command valiantly defended the borders of the Nation. The notable battles which were fought included the famous battle of Laungewala where Pakistan’s armoured forces were destroyed by resolute Indian troops. The raid on Pakistani town of Chachro carried out by soldiers of the renowned 10 Para Commando Battalion led by Lieutenant Colonel (Later Brigadier) Bhawani Singh, was another valiant military action. These battles have gone down the pages of history as fine examples of grit, determination and bravery of our soldiers. ‘Vijay Diwas’ is an apt reminder of the same.