New Delhi :On the 16th anniversary of Vijay Diwas, Kargil martyrs were remembered and wreath laying ceremony was observed at Amar Jawan Jyoti in New Delhi.
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar saluted the martyrs and paid 1-minute silence at the vanue.
He was accompanied by all three service chiefs who paid tribute to Kargil martyrs at Amar Jawan Jyoti.
A series of events have been planned by Army from Delhi to Drass to honour the martyrs of the 1999 Kargil War. The main event, which would mark the 16th anniversary of the victory, is scheduled to be held at Kargil War Memorial in Drass on July 26.
In Delhi, the Army is holding an exhibition at the Select Citywalk mall in Saket which will be inaugurated by Vishal Batra, the twin brother of martyred Captain Vikram Batra.
Army vehicle convoy (discarded army vehicles painted in the theme) under the flag, some war equipment, rare Kargil war pictures and stall of Army War Widows will be on display. The Army band will also do a musical representation of a soldier’s life.
The Kargil war was fought in the summer of 1999 to evict Pakistani regular forces who had intruded and occupied winter vacated posts on the Indian side of the Line of Control.
The operation had cost the Indian Army hundreds of young lives, in whose memory the commemorative function is held every year.
The wreath laying ceremony at Kargil War Memorial will take place on July 26. The memorial is located at the base of Tololing, the scene of one of the fieriest battles of the operation.
“The event is a purposeful attempt by the Army every year to remember its martyrs and solemnly honour their memories and to remind the nation of the constant sacrifices men and women in uniform make for the citizens of India,” an Army official said.