On Armed Forces Flag Day, India Honours The Protectors Of The Nation

Sitharaman thanks ‘Aiyaary’ film team for support to armed forces

Sitharaman thanks ‘Aiyaary’ film team for support to armed forces

The country has been observing December 7 as the Armed Forces Flag Day since 1949 to honour the martyrs and the men in uniform who valiantly fought on our borders to safeguard the country's honour. The occasion of Armed Forces Flag Day or the Flag Day of India is an opportunity for the country to contribute towards the welfare of the Armed Forces personnel. "Power and position should not go to the head of the occupants (of such offices)", she said presenting awards to various departments for raising Armed Forces Flag Day funds at the Raj Nivas here.

Soon after India's independence, a need arose to manage the welfare of its defence personnel. Committee made a decision to distribute small flags to the general population of the country and in return collect donations from them. Earlier, by sporting the Armed Forces badges on the first day of the third and final Test against Sri Lanka, the Indian cricket team, led by captain Virat Kohli, paid tribute to the Army.

This year, from December 1 to 7, a wide digital campaign was spread across Twitter, Facebook and other social networking websites, encouraging people to wear the armed forces flag with pride to show their support and express solidarity with the military.

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