Know why January 15 is marked as Army Day

Image of Army Day 2021: Rare photo of Field Marshal KM Cariappa (extreme right) and C Rajagopalachari

Army Day is celebrated every year to salute the brave soldiers who gave their lives to protect the country. The Army Day celebrations take place across India, but the main parade is held at the Cariappa Parade Ground in Delhi Cantonment. Read a brief history of Army Day shared by the Indian Army on Twitter: “General (later Field Marshal) KM Cariappa was appointed as Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army on 15 January 1949 and was the first Indian to Commander was appointed. Chief Army Day is celebrated on this day. He adopted the slogan ‘Jai Hind’, which means ‘Victory for India’.

The military also tweeted on social media platforms where anyone can watch the parade live.

On Army Day, the Indian Army has organized a marathon – victory run to celebrate the “Golden Victory Year Celebration” for India’s spectacular victory over Pakistan in 1971.

Army Day 2021: Learn about Field Marshal KM Cariappa

  • Fond of being called a ‘keeper’ by his colleagues, Field Marshal KM Cariappa received military training during World War I (1914).
  • In 1919, Field Marshal KM Cariappa was among the first group of Indians to be elected; He was sent to Indore for training. He was later commissioned in the Karnataka Infantry
  • After an outstanding career, Field Marshal KM Cariappa became the first Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army on 15th, 1949.
  • Field Marshal KM Cariappa was awarded the ‘Order of the Chief Commander of the Leg of Merit of Merit’ – the first of its kind award given by President Harry Truman to the Indian general.
  • Field Marshal KM Cariappa demonstrated the highest standards of discipline and compassion, inspiring people for generations.
  • In 1983 he was awarded the title of Field Marshal (Five Star). The only other person to have so far honored Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw in 1973
  • After retiring from the Indian Army, Field Marshal KM Cariappa served as High Commissioner to Australia and New Zealand until 1956
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