Ex-servicemen will always be remembered: Patil

President Pratibha Patil on Tuesday said the country should respect and not forget the services of its retired soldiers.

Last Updated: Jan 10, 2012, 15:55 PM IST

Diver (Raj): President Pratibha Patil on Tuesday
said the country should respect and not forget the services of
its retired soldiers who had staked their lives for the
security and well being of the country.

"Our soldiers guard our borders and even after retirement
contribute in the progress of the society. They will always be
respected for their courage and sacrifice. Hence, it is our
responsibility to take appropriate care of our brave soldiers
who have retired or were injured in wars," Patil said after
unveiling a statue of legendary Rajput patriot Maharana Pratap
here, a village in Rajsamand district.

Patil, who is on a two-day tour of the state, said that
ex-servicemen and soldiers should also take up the mantle of
educating the people against social evils like female
foeticide, drug abuse, dowry and child marriage.

Calling Rajasthan the land of the "brave", Patil
recollected how she, as the then Governor of the state, had
taken up various measures for the welfare of war widows and
retired soldiers.

Located about 50 km from the district headquarters,
Diver, holds a special place in history as Maharana Pratap and
his son Amar Singh had defeated hostile forces about 415 years
ago.
The region also boasts of sending a large number of
recruits to the Indian armed forces.

PTI