On the momentous occasion of 77th Infantry Day, Lt Gen AK Singh, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, Yudh Seva Medal, Sena Medal, Vishist Seva Medal, GOC-in-C Southern Command who is also the senior most serving infantry officer in Southern Command, paid homage to all infantrymen who made the supreme sacrifice in service of the Nation by laying a wreath at the Southern Command War Memorial in Pune.
The event was also attended by a large number of serving and veteran Infantrymen. Wreaths were also laid by the senior most veteran, Lieutenant General R V Kulkarni, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM (Retired) on behalf of the veteran community.
Infantry Day is celebrated every year to commemorate the landing of the 1st Battalion of the SIKH Regiment at Srinagar airfield on 27 Oct 1947 to protect the people of Jammu & Kashmir from the nefarious designs of Pakistani Kabaili Raiders aided by the Pakistan Army. This gallant action resulted in foiling Pakistan’s plans to occupy Jammu & Kashmir.
Infantry is also known as the “Queen of the Battle” and its history is as old as the first human war. The infantry has played a crucial role in the army in protecting the sovereignty of the nation since independence. Be it the war of 1962 with China or of 1947-48 with Pakistan, be it the war of 1965, 71 or 1999 Kargil conflict. The contribution of infantry in triumphing in these historical wars is unparalleled.
Apart from these wars, the Counter Insurgency/ Counter Terrorist Operations in North and North East, Op BLUE STAR and Op RAKSHAK in Punjab, Op PAWAN in Sri Lanka and recently Op SNOW LEOPARD in Eastern Ladakh have been the continuous witness of the sheer professionalism and commitment of infantry which eventually led to success of these operations.
Lt Gen AK Singh, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, Yudh SevaMedal, Sena Medal, Vishist Seva Medal, GOC-in-C Southern Command, in his message, complimented the Infantrymen for their devotion to duty and indomitable spirit, while serving under difficult conditions. He exhorted all ranks of the Infantry to continue to draw inspiration from the heroic deeds of the bravehearts and remain steadfast in their resolve to defend the territorial integrity and sovereignty of our Country.