Operation Vijay anniversary: 3 service chiefs of Indian Armed Forces pay tribute at Drass

India is observing the 20th anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas today.


India is observing the 20th anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas on Friday (July 26). This day commemorates the sacrifices of our heroes who laid down their lives during the Kargil conflict which took place between from May 3 to July 26, 1999.

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A large number of events have been planned across the country to mark the 20th anniversary of victory in Operation Vijay. 

Here are the highlights:

26 July 2019
12:46 PM

Indian Army's Tiger division in Jammu pay tribute to the Kargil martyrs. At the event Colonel Devinder Anand said 523 soldiers and officers were martyred while 1363 jawans were injured during the Kargil war.

12:36 PM

Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh, Air Force Chief BS Dhanoa and Army Chief General Bipin Rawat paid tributes wearing their respective forces’ combat fatigues, in Drass today.

11:26 AM

President Ram Nath Kovind pays tribute at Badami Bagh Cantonment in Srinagar on 20th anniversary of Kargil Vijay Divas.

10:23 AM

President Kovind will celebrate '20 years of Kargil Vijay Divas' at Badami Bagh Cantonment in Srinagar. He was earlier supposed to reach Drass, but due to bad weather function has been shifted to the Srinagar Badami Bagh Cantonment. 

10:21 AM

Fly past by the fighter aircraft that took part in the Kargil war, has also been called off due to bad weather at Drass. President of India Ram Nath Kovind will now celebrate "20 years of Kargil Vijay War Diwas" at Badami Bagh Cantonment Srinagar. 

10:00 AM

Former Indian cricketer Mohammad Kaif tweets, "'Kargil ke Amar Jawan, Aapko hamara Salaam'. Homage and gratitude to our brave soldiers. The nation will always be grateful to you for your sacrifice, valour and courage."

09:52 AM

"Either I will come back after hoisting the Tricolour or I will come back wrapped in it"

09:07 AM

Watch: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh arrives at National War Memorial in Delhi to pay homage to Kargil war heroes.

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09:01 AM

Kargil Vijay Divas being celebrated at Kargil War Memorial in Dras, Jammu & Kashmir. 

08:54 AM

To commemorate the 20th year of Kargil Vijay Diwas, Suryakiran aerobatic team displayed it's signature manoeuvres at Bidar Air Force Station. School Children participated and interacted with the pilots and IAF personnel later.


08:38 AM

Trip down the memory lane: Prime Minister Narendra Modi remembers, "During the Kargil War in 1999, I had the opportunity to go to Kargil and show solidarity with our brave soldiers. This was the time when I was working for my Party in J&K as well as Himachal Pradesh. The visit to Kargil and interactions with soldiers are unforgettable."


08:20 AM

"#KargilVijayDiwas : Let's pay homage to the Kargil martyrs & salute the courage, valour & sacrifice of our bravehearts. Let's remember the supreme sacrifice made by brave soldiers of India, to uphold & safeguard the integrity of the NATION. #20YearsOfKargilVijay #JaiHind," tweets the Indian Air Force.


08:16 AM

"On Kargil Vijay Diwas, I pay my respects to the brave soldiers of Indian Army who made ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty to protect our nation. I salute all the heroes of the Kargil war and Operation Vijay who secured a valiant victory on July 26, 1999. #KargilVijayDiwas," tweets Vice President Venkaiah Naidu.

07:14 AM

"On Kargil Vijay Diwas, a grateful nation acknowledges the gallantry of our Armed Forces on the heights of Kargil in 1999. We salute the grit and valour of those who defended India, and record our everlasting debt to those who never returned. Jai Hind!" tweeted President Kovind.


07:12 AM

Kargil war, from May 3 to July 26, 2019, took place after Pakistani troops were detected on top of the Kargil ridges. Pakistan had started planning the attack in 1998 itself. 

READ: What happened 20 years ago in the 1999 Indo-Pakistan war

07:08 AM

President Ram Nath Kovind will visit the Kargil War Memorial in Dras, Jammu and Kashmir, on the 20th anniversary of the Kargil Vijay Diwas. He will pay homage to soldiers and officers of the Indian Army who were martyred in the Kargil conflict of 1999.