Army Day Parade 2015
Indian Army celebrated its 67th Army Day on January 15, 2015. General Dalbir Singh, Chief of the Army Staff, reviewed the parade at Army Parade Ground, Delhi Cantonment, and awarded 14 Sena Medals (including four posthumously) for individual acts of gallantry and 14 COAS Unit Citations for commendable performance of their respective units. Every year Indian Army celebrates 15th January as Army Day to commemorate the day when General (later Field Marshal) K.M. Cariappa took over the command of Army from General Sir Roy Bucher, the last British Commander-in-Chief in 1949, and became the first Commander-in-Chief of Indian Army post Independence.
In the past six decades, the Indian Army has grown to be a professional and humanitarian force, while serving in the most adverse and diverse conditions. Indian Army also acquitted itself extremely credit- ably in internal security and counter-insurgency operations over prolonged periods and has extended invaluable aid to civil authorities in disaster management and maintenance of law and order.
On the occasion of Army Day, an impressive parade was organised at Army Parade Ground in Delhi, where Army contingents including eight mechanised and nine marching contingents participated. For the first time in the history of our Army, a women officer contingent took part in the parade showcasing ‘Nari Shakti’. They marched past the saluting dais alongside the other contingents exhibiting their strong resolve to national service. A grand finale was a combat demonstration, which showcased battle drills and combat techniques of the Army units. Earlier in the day, wreaths were laid at Amar Jawan Jyoti, India Gate by the three service chiefs to commemorate the Army Day.
(Left, above & right) Combat demonstration during Army Day parade
The three service chiefs paying homage at India Gate on the occasion of Army Day
General Dalbir Singh, COAS, reviewing parade at Army Parade Ground
T-90 tank during Army Day parade
General Dalbir Singh interacting with women contingent