President Droupdai Murmu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended their heartfelt wishes to the Indian Army personnel on the commemoration of Army Day, celebrated on January 15.
As the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, President Murmu addressed the Indian Army, stating, “I extend my warm felicitations to the Indian Army on the occasion of Army Day 2024.”
Highlighting the pivotal role played by the Indian Army in ensuring the nation’s security, President Murmu praised their professionalism in various scenarios, including conflicts, counter-insurgency, counter-terrorism operations, as well as national calamities and disasters. She commended the exemplary leadership and selfless dedication exhibited by the men and women of the Indian Army.
President Murmu expressed deep respect for the sacrifices made by the bravehearts who laid down their lives in service to the nation. She emphasized the nation’s unity in expressing solidarity with the families who have faced the loss of their loved ones with courage and fortitude.
“I wish the Indian Army continued success in all its endeavors and convey my best wishes to its gallant soldiers, veterans, and their families,” added President Murmu.
On the same day, Prime Minister Modi conveyed his greetings to the Army personnel, acknowledging them as pillars of strength and resilience. He praised the Indian Army’s role in handling conflicts and responding to natural calamities with courage and discipline.
“In this Amrit Kaal, as the nation progresses towards a Viksit Bharat, the Indian Army not only ensures the security and stability of the nation but also plays a vital role in nation-building. I am confident that the nation will draw strength from this and take the country to new heights,” the Prime Minister remarked.
“On Army Day, we honor the extraordinary courage, unwavering commitment, and sacrifices of our Army personnel. Their relentless dedication in protecting our nation and upholding our sovereignty is a testament to their bravery. They are pillars of strength and resilience,” concluded Prime Minister Modi.
Army Day is observed every year on January 15 to commemorate the historic moment in 1949 when General (later Field Marshal) KM Cariappa took over command of the Indian Army from General Francis Roy Bucher, marking the first Indian Commander-in-Chief post-independence.