Unfurling the National flag at The Poona Club Ltd.

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Pune, August 17,2023: The Managing Committee of The Poona Club Ltd. had invited Lt Gen. A. K. Singh, AVSM, YSM, SM, VSM, GOC-in-C, Southern Command, to unfurl the National flag on the 77th Independence day. The General Officer had graciously accepted the same.

The entire function was organized by Officers and jawans of the Southern Command. At 10.00 am sharp the GOC-in-C arrived and was escorted by the President of the Club, to the saluting base, where he unfurled the flag. After the National Anthem the President, Mr. Sunil Handa, introduced the Army Commander stating that “Lt Gen A.K. Singh was not only a seasoned and accomplished military leader, but he also embodies the values of dedication, sacrifice and patriotism that are synonymous with our Armed forces.”

Mr. Handa also added that “Today we are not only commemorating our freedom, but also acknowledging the continuous vigilance and bravery of our armed forces.” After this he requested the GOC-in-C to say a few words. In his address the General Officer mentioned that Independence Day is a symbol of our unity in diversity, and every corner of the Southern Command resonates with the spirit of independence and national pride and this is what, unites all of us as one nation, one people.

During the course of the address the LED screens, strategically placed, displayed live coverage of the simultaneous unfurling of the tri-colour at 75 forts in the entire AOR of Southern Comand by troops of the Southern Command, who took a pledge to maintain the security and integrity of the nation. This event was witnessed by over 1200 members of the Poona Club. In his address, Lt Gen A.K. Singh, AVSM, YSM, SM, VSM, extended his warm greetings to the members of the Poona Club, serving officers, JCOS and other ranks, veterans, Civil Defence employees and their families, on the occasion of the 77th Independence day.