When it comes to the ultimate sacrifice we always remember the Armed forces, those who fight the hard battle and sacrifice their life for the Motherland. Through, time and time we always remember them and pay tribute to them. But do we know about the Armed Forces Flag day which is observed to honor those martyrs?
Armed Forces Flag Day and its Significance
Since the year 1949, every year 7th December is observed as the Armed Forces Flag Day throughout the country to honor the martyrs and the men in uniform who put their lives down in the borders to safeguard the honor of the nation.
It cannot be denied laying down one’s life for the country is the most nobler way of dying. At the same time, our admiration should not only be for the martyrs but also for the living heroes who were wounded while doing their duty towards their motherland or their widows and children whom they left behind to fend for themselves.
During the period of achieving victories, in the various wars, the nation has fought and in combating the ongoing cross-border terrorism and insurgency, our Armed Forces have continued losing many valuable lives as well as leaving several disabled.
The kind of mental trauma the family goes through on their demise is unimaginable. Further, many Ex-servicemen suffer from serious diseases such as Cancer, Heart ailments and Joint Replacement, etc., and who cannot afford the high cost of treatment. Hence, they too need our care and support.
Many brave and gallant heroes from the Armed forces have laid down their lives in the service of the country. Ongoing counter-insurgency operations have also left many broken homes without a breadwinner. Flag Day brings to the forefront our obligation of looking after the disabled comrades-in-arms, widows, and dependents of those who have sacrificed their lives for the country.
For these reasons, the Armed Forces Flag Day is observed. On this day, the services rendered by personnel of the Army, Navy, and Air Force are remembered. It becomes the collective duty of every citizen of the nation to ensure the rehabilitation and welfare of the dependents of our brave martyrs and disabled personnel. The Flag Day allows us to serve and contribute more profusely to the Armed Forces Flag Day Fund.
Armed Forces Flag Day Fund (AFFDF)
The Kendriya Sainik Board administers the AFFDF. It is operated by a Managing Committee, which is headed by Hon’ble Raksha Mantri or the Defence Minister at the Centre and Hon’ble Governor / Lt Governor at the State or UT level. Kendriya Sainik Board (KSB), is an apex body of the Government of India, which formulates and handles various welfare and rehabilitation schemes for Ex-Servicemen (ESM) and their dependents through a network of 32 Rajya Sainik Boards (RSBs) and 385 Zila Sainik Boards (ZSBs) co-located in the Capitals of those States and District Headquarters respectively, throughout the country.
These welfare schemes are funded from Armed Forces Flag Day Fund (AFFDF) which was instituted vide Gazette of India notification No 5(1) /92/US(WE)/D (Res) dated 13 Apr 1993, by the amalgamation of the following into one fund named as “Armed Forces Flag Day Fund”. These funds include:
• Amalgamated Special Fund for war bereaved, war disabled and other ESM/serving personnel
• Armed Forces Flag Day Fund
• St.Dunstan’s (India) and Kendriya Sainik Board Fund
• Indian Gorkha Ex-Servicemen’s Welfare Fund.
Hence, the National Flag Day is observed, a day for the martyrs those hero’s whose names go unrecognized and lost in memory, and a collective effort to contribute to them, their families who have led their son to go and fight for the Nation.