New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday greeted the valiant men and women of the Indian army on the occasion of the 70th Army Day.
"On Army Day, greetings to the valiant men and women of the Indian Army, to veterans and to families of those who have worn the uniform. You are our nation’s pride, the sentinels of our liberty. Citizens sleep securely knowing you are ever awake and ever vigilant," the President tweeted.
In his missive, Prime Minister Modi said, "I convey greetings to the soldiers, veterans and their families. Every citizen of India has unwavering trust and pride in our Army, which protects the nation and is also at the forefront of humanitarian efforts during times of natural disasters and other accidents".
He further wrote in the micro blogging site: "Our Army always puts the nation first. I salute all those great individuals who sacrificed their lives while serving the nation. India will never forget our valiant heroes".
Chief of Army staff Gen Bipin Rawat reviewed a parade at Cariappa Parde Ground on this occasion. He also presented gallantry awards.
In his message, Gen Rawat said, the future challenges continue to demand greater commitments from the Indian Army.
Army Day is celebrated on January 15 every year in recognition of Field Marshal Kodandera M Cariappa's taking over as the first Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army from General Sir Francis Butcher, the last British C-in-C of India, in 1949.(UNI)