Jammu : A solemn ceremony was held at Nagrota Garrison to commemorate the 16thanniversary of “Kargil Vijay Diwas”. General Officer Commanding, White Knight Corps Lt Gen RR Nimbhorkar paid floral tributes to the martyrs and brave soldiers in a wreath laying ceremony held at “ASHWAMEDH SHAURYA STHAL” at Nagrota Garrison. The notes of the bugle playing the Last Post were testimony to the valour and the supreme sacrifice of martyrs and brought back somber memories of those days.
Each year since 1999, the Army observes Kargil Vijay Diwas to remember its soldiers who laid down their lives in Kargil district in the cold desert region of Ladakh during the conflict between India and Pakistan. The Kargil conflict was the most serious military engagement between the two neighbours since the war of 1971. The Kargil war was fought for more than 60 days and ended on 26 Jul.
The General Officer Commanding in his message to the troops, urged them to rededicate themselves to the Nation and excel in all future endeavors. This day is a reminder of the sacrifices made by Indian soldiers towards flushing out infiltrators from our sacred motherland. It was on this day when Indian Army with its inexorable courage, indomitable spirit and irrepressible valour inflicted defeat on Pakistan. A total of 527 brave soldiers sacrificed their life and 1363 soldiers were seriously wounded in achieving this victory on 26 July 1999.