Indian Army DayJanuary 15
Indian Army Day

Army Day is celebrated on 15th 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 15th January 1949. 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 2020, India celebrated its 72nd Indian Army Day in New Delhi. Army Day marks a day to salute the valiant soldiers who sacrificed their lives to protect the country and its citizens.

While celebrations take place across the country, the main Army Day parade is conducted in Cariappa Parade ground in Delhi cantonment. Gallantry awards and Sena medals are also awarded on this day. In 2020, 15 soldiers were presented with bravery awards. Param Vir Chakra and Ashok Chakra awardees participate in the Army Day parade every year. Military hardware, numerous contingents, and a combat display are part of the parade.

This year, Captain Tania Shergil, of the Corps of Signals, will lead as Parade Adjutant. The parade will also display indigenous weaponry such as the Dhanush towed guns. The parade will also have about 18 contingents who display various combat skills. A number of gallantry awards will also be given at the Cariappa Parade Ground. This is the 72nd Army Day.

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