Jammu: The 43rd Anniversary of 'Vijay Diwas' was on Tuesday celebrated at Army's Northern command headquarter, where its Commander Lt Gen DS Hooda exhorted army men to rededicate themselves in the service of the nation.
A large number of civil dignitaries, ex-servicemen and service personnel participated in the 'Vijay Diwas' celebrations at Udhampur-based Northern Command Headquarters and paid homage to the martyrs who laid down their lives in Indo-Pak war of 1971, Defence Spokesman of Northern Command Col SD Goswami said.
"16 December each year is celebrated as Vijay Diwas to commemorate India's historic victory over Pakistan. The swift and professionally planned operations executed by the Indian Armed Forces led to one of the greatest military victories recorded in the annals of world history," Col Goswami said.
The Northern Command commemorated the occasion with a wreath laying ceremony at Dhurva War Memorial by Lt Gen DS Hooda, GOC-in-C (Army Commander).
In his special message Army Commander highlighted the role of the Indian Armed forces in achieving major military victories in the 1971 war.
On the occasion, Lt Gen Hooda exhorted all ranks of the Northern Command to rededicate themselves in the service of the nation and emulate the devotion and resoluteness of war veterans and martyrs, which has brought the Indian Army to the pinnacle of professional glory.
On Dec 16, 1971, the largest military surrender after World War II took place at Dhaka when the General Officer-Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Command, Lt Gen Jagjit Singh Arora accepted the surrender of 93,000 Pakistani troops from Lt Gen AAK Niazi of the Pakistan Army, Col Goswami said.
This glorious day in the annals of history of the Indian Army was made possible due to the supreme sacrifices of valiant soldiers during the 1971 Indo-Pak War. The Indian Army changed the course of history with its undeterred courage, dedication and professionalism, bringing glory and honour to the Nation, Col Goswami said.
Meanwhile, another wreath laying ceremony was organised at the Veer Smriti at Chandimandir here, a defence spokesman said.
General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Command Lieutenant General K J Singh, laid wreath on behalf of all ranks of the Western Command, he said.
General VP Malik (Retired) laid wreath on behalf of war veterans of the Indo-Pak Wars, he said, adding other serving officers, senior veterans and war decorated personnel also laid wreaths on the occasion.