Indian Army Day is celebrated on January 15 every year to honour the valour of the soldiers of the army and their selfless service towards safeguarding the nation and its citizens. This year will mark the 74th anniversary of the Army Day.
History: The Indian Army was officially established on April 1, 1895. However, it was only in 1949 when the country got its first chief. On January 15, 1949, Lieutenant General KM Cariappa took over as the first Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army from General Fransis Bucher, the last British Commander-in-Chief. Since then, the day is celebrated as Army Day.
Army Day is observed to honour and salute the braveheart soldiers who sacrificed their lives to protect the country and its citizens.
Army Day is celebrated at India Gate, all Army offices and headquarters. The main Army Day parade takes place in Cariappa Parade ground in Delhi cantonment.
On this occasion, Gallantry awards and Sena medals are awarded. In 2020, Captain Tania Shergill became the first female officer to command an Army Day parade. That year, 15 soldiers were laurelled with bravery awards.
Considering the third Covid wave and surge in number of infectees, this year, the celebrations will take place amidst stringent protocols.