Kargil heroes re­mem­bered

SP's MAI - - MILITARY -

On July 26, In­dia paid rich trib­utes to the mar­tyrs of armed forces on the oc­ca­sion of Kargil Vi­jay Di­was. The Min­is­ter of De­fence A.K. Antony who headed the Vi­jay Di­was memo­rial said: “Not only for the forces, it is a his­toric day for the coun­try as a whole. To­day, we are pay­ing homage to the sac­ri­fices made by our jawans and of­fi­cers to pro­tect the hon­our of the coun­try.”

Re­fer­ring to de­mands by the armed forces for a war memo­rial in the na­tional cap­i­tal, Antony said progress was be­ing made on the pro­posal.

The main func­tion on the day was held in Drass sub-sec­tor in Ladakh re­gion. Se­nior Army of­fi­cers, war vet­er­ans and wives of sol­diers who were killed in the 1999 con­flict of­fered flo­ral trib­utes at the war memo­rial to mark the 13th an­niver­sary of In­dia’s vic­tory.

Wreaths were laid by Gen­eral Of­fi­cer Com­mand­ing-in-Chief North­ern Com­mand Lt Gen­eral K.T. Par­naik, Gen­eral Of­fi­cer Com­mand­ing of Ladakh-based 14 Corps Lt Gen­eral Ra­jan Bak­shi and GOC 8 Moun­tain Division Ma­jor Gen­eral Ray­mond Noronha.

The war to flush out well-armed and stocked Pak­istani in­trud­ers be­gan in May 1999 and lasted for more than two months. The counter-offensive on the icy heights of Kargil in Jammu and Kash­mir re­sulted in In­dia tak­ing back all the po­si­tions that had been oc­cu­pied by the Pak­istani in­trud­ers and army men.

In­dia lost nearly 500 sol­diers and of­fi­cers and Pak­istan more than 700 men. Kargil Vi­jay Di­was has been named af­ter the suc­cess of Op­er­a­tion Vi­jay.

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