Army Day (India)

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Army Day
Date(s)January 15 (15-01)
VenueAmar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate
and at all Army Offices and HQs
Country India

Army Day is celebrated on 15 January every year in India, in recognition of Field Marshal Kodandera M. Cariappa's (then a Lieutenant General) taking over as the first Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army from General Sir Francis Butcher, the last British Commander-in-Chief of India, on 15 January 1949.[1][2] The day is celebrated in the form of parades and other military shows in the national capital New Delhi as well as in all headquarters. On 15 January 2018, India celebrated its 70th Indian Army Day in New Delhi.[3] Army Day marks a day to salute the valiant soldiers who sacrificed their lives to protect the country and its citizens. In 1942, K M Cariappa becomes the first Indian Army Officer who was passed on to command a unit.[4]

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  • Verma, Bharat; Hiranandani, GM; Pandey, BK (2013). Indian Armed Forces. Atlanta: Lancer Publishers LLC. p. 31. ISBN 9781935501732. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  1. ^ "Army Day 2019 LIVE Updates: PM Modi, President pay tribute to heroes from armed forces". The Indian Express. 2019-01-15. Retrieved 2019-01-15.
  2. ^ Newsd (2019-01-15). "Army Day: Facts about Indian Army you must know". News and Analysis from India. A Refreshing approach to news. Retrieved 2019-01-15.
  3. ^ "PM extends his greetings on Army Day". Retrieved 2019-01-15.
  4. ^ Team, Editorial (2018-01-08). "Indian Army Day". SSBToSuccess. Retrieved 2018-01-11.