Veterans Day 14 Jan 2021
#VeteransDay2021 Indian Defence Forces have always displayed courage in combat & compassion for the people of our nation. Veterans have shown us the path to glory and present generation takes pride in living up to high standards of discipline, motivation and the Will to Win. On the occasion of Veterans Day, CDS and all ranks of the Defence Services convey best wishes; for you will forever remain a source of inspiration for us. We draw our strength from you and therefore emulate your actions as being righteous May God Almighty bless you and your families and may we remain united, for in Unity lies our strength. Jai Hind.
Indian Armed Forces will be celebrating Veteran’s Day on 14 Jan 2021. The day was chosen as recognition of the services rendered by the first Commander-in-Chief of Indian Armed Forces, Field Marshal KM Cariappa, OBE who retired on this day in 1953. ‘Wreath Laying Ceremonies and Veteran’s Meets’ are being organised in various Military Stations to mark our solidarity towards the Next of Kin (NOK) of our brave hearts and towards our veterans as a mark of respect to their selfless duty and sacrifices towards the Nation.
HonourableRakshaMantri, Shri Rajnath Singh along with Chief of Defence Staff, General Bipin Rawat will be attending the Veteran’s Meet at Air Force Station, Bengaluru. NoK, Veterans and representatives of various ex-servicemen organisations will be in attendance.
Celebrations in the National Capital will begin in the morning with the Wreath Laying Ceremony at National War Memorial. Senior military dignitaries selected serving personnel and many veterans will be paying homage at the National War Memorial. This event will be followed by a Veteran’s Meet being organised at Raina Auditorium, APS DhaulaKuan which will be attended by all three Service Chiefs. Admiral Karambir Singh, Chief of Naval Staff will be the Chief Guest for the event. Veterans, representatives of ex-servicemen organisations, senior officials of the Ministry of Defence and three Services involved in the welfare of veterans will be in attendance. Entry is restricted and by invitation only due to COVID restrictions.