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

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