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Infantry Day celebrated

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Thiruvananthapuram: The 63rd Infantry Day was celebrated on Wednesday at the Pangode Military Station.

At a solemn function, Station Commander Brigadier Krishan Kumar laid a wreath at the War Memorial in honour of the soldiers who gave up their lives for the nation. Major General (Retd.) Shiv Shankar, officers, Junior Commissioned Officers and jawans also paid homage at the war memorial.

The function began with Salami Shastra saluting the martyrs, followed by Shoka Shastra. A two-minute silence was observed as a mark of respect. The Army band played the Last Post.

October 27 marks the Indian Army's heroic operation to protect Jammu & Kashmir from incursion by armed tribesman from Pakistan on October 21-22 in 1947. The day also reiterates the primacy of the Indian Army's battle-hardened infantry divisions which continue to protect the country's terrain from external and internal threats.

The infantry operates in some of the most inhospitable terrains in the world, ranging from the scorching Rajasthan deserts to the frozen heights of the Siachen Glacier.

The infantry is also referred to as the Queen of the Battle because of its capabilities and vital role in war.

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