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Kargil Vijay Diwas: 20th anniversary of Operation Vijay

New Delhi, July 26: India is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas,the victory of the Indian Armed Forces in Operation Vijay against the infiltrating Pakistani troops. From mid-May to July 1999, the Indian armed forces carried out’Operation Vijay’ n which more than 20,000 troops were mobilised to recapture the high-altitude posts captured by Pakistan.

 

The Army has said the occasion will be celebrated with the theme ‘Remember, Rejoice and Renew’.

President Ram Nath Kovind, the supreme commander of the Armed Forces, lead the country on Friday in celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Kargil Vijay Diwas.

President Ram Nath Kovind, paying tribute to the Kargil soldiers, tweeted, “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!”

Kovind’s scheduled visit to Drass town on Friday has been cancelled due to bad weather.

Officials said the function to be presided over by the President, will now be held at the Badami Bagh headquarters of the Army’s 15 Corps in Srinagar city.

Three Services Chiefs will pay homage at Drass war memorial.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid his tributes on Twitter with images of his Kargil visit during the war in 1999.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh arrives at the National War Memorial, Delhi for the wreathe-laying ceremony in memory of the slain soldiers.

Captain Vikram Batra of the Indian Army was posthumously awarded with the Param Vir Chakra (PVC) .

Naik Deepchand,1889 Missile regiment,Kargil, said,”My battalion had fired 10,000 rounds during the war. I am proud of this fact. We had only one target in mind that is to defeat the enemy. I have come here to pay tribute to soldiers who lost their lives in Kargil War.”

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