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Indian Army Day 2022: Significance of the day

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Every year India celebrates Indian Army Day on 15th January with great pride and zeal. This year we will mark the 74th Indian Army Day. 

This day is celebrated in recognition of Field Marshal K.M Cariappa as the first commander-in-chief of the Indian army. Also the day salutes and praises the brave soldiers of our country. 

Every year, Indian Army Day is marked by conducting a military parade and many other martial displays at Delhi Cantonment’s Cariappa Parade Ground. This year too the day will be celebrated  but by following the Covid-19 measures. 

History behind this day 

On April 1, 1895, the Brit Indian Army was founded. It was found within the British administration known as the British Indian Army. But after India became independent in 1947, it was not until January 15, 1949, that the nation received its first-ever Indian chief. 

The command of the Indian army was in the hands of the British General Sir Francis Butcher during the time of Indian independence. 

During this time India was experiencing many communal riots and many administrative issues started due to which the Army had to step up to control the situation. 

So this was the right time to hand over the full control of the country in the hands of the Indians. And hence Field Marshal K. M. Cariappa became the first Indian Army Chief of Independent India on 15 January 1949. 

Thus, it was decided to celebrate this grand day every year in India as Army Day and since then this tradition has been continuing. 

Significance of the day 

The day is celebrated at all Army Command Headquarters. This year due to the ongoing global pandemic, the day will be celebrated amidst stringent protocols. 

However, On this day, soldiers of the Indian Army are honored. The salute is given to all those brave fighters who have given up everything to protect the motherland and maintain the integrity of the nation. The salute of the parade is usually taken by the Indian Army Chief.  

On this auspicious day, veterans awarded with Param Vir Chakra and Vir Chakra also mark their attendance for the celebrations and many more receive Gallantry awards and Sewa Medals for their service. 

The celebrations this year are going to be fairly significant. This year the Indian Army achieved many milestones. But with that the Indian Army has also lost India’s first Chief of Defense staff, General Bipin Rawat. 

This day also celebrates the transfer of power from British rule to India. And that is why each year, it is celebrated in all army command headquarters with great pride and zeal. 

On this day the Indian Army also usually showcases all the weapons in the Indian Army arsenal. The latest kind of weapons, drones, helicopters etc are shown with great pride as part of the celebration. 

The speciality of 2022 is that this year, the all new camouflage uniform will be showcased. The uniform has been designed in partnership with the Indian Army and the National Institute of Fashion Technology, and will be showcased during the Indian Army Day parade. 

This day for Indians is a matter of great pride. On this day we pay our respects to the daredevils of our country and salute them for the sacrifices they make each day to keep their nation safe. 

We wish you a very happy Indian Army Day 2022.



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