Brigadier NK Airy lays wreath at Ashwamedh Shaurya Sthal, Nagrota on the occassion of Infantry Day (7)

Infantry Day was celebrated in a most traditional and solemn manner at Jammu and Nagrota Garrison. Maj Gen Dushyant Singh laid the wreath at the newly renovated Tiger War Memorial in Satwari and Brigadier NK Airy the senior most Infantry Officer in the absence of GOC, White Knight Corps, Lt Gen KH Singh laid the wreath on his behalf at the Ashwamedh Shaurya Sthal at Nagrota. On this day, sixty seven years ago, in response to the first threat to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of our Nation, the first and finest elements of the Indian Infantry landed in Srinagar and resolutely defended Jammu and Kashmir from falling into Pakistan hands. The city of Baramula was overcome and the invaders who were being supported by Pakistan were within 30 miles from Srinagar on 26 October 1947. On 27 October 1947 at 0500 am, First Battalion the Sikh Regiment were mustered from Internal Security duties in Gurgaon and were flown in to Srinagar. These valiant Infantry soldiers fought a gallant action whereby reversing the tide of the battle and saving the state of Jammu & Kashmir. This epic battle continues to motivate thousands of Officers, Junior Commissioned Officers and men in the olive green to brave all the odds of soldiering. The Indian Army Corps of Infantry has been at the forefront in the entire spectrum of activities from maintaining constant vigil at the Line of Control, to combating insurgency, to aiding our fellow citizens in distress while facing various forms of natural calamities and even in restoring peace, order and tranquility in foreign lands as part of United Nations Peace Keeping Contingents. The challenges have been unprecedented and unique and each and every time, ‘THE INFANTRY’ as the biggest fighting ensemble of the Indian Army has always risen to the occasion.  The highlight of the function was the solemn wreath laying marked by reversal of arms and sounding of bugles at the Ashwamedh Shaurya Sthal and Tiger War Memorial. Veterans, serving Officers and men alike paid homage to all the brave soldiers of Mother India who have made the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty.