PUNE: “Vijay Diwas 2021” was celebrated on 16 December 2021. This day marks the splendid victory achieved by India over Pakistan 50 years ago. The “GREATEST VICTORY EVER” saw the emergence of Bangladesh as an independent nation and India rose as a regional power to reckon with. With this decisive victory over the adversary, the Armed Forces of India once again affirmed themselves as a strong component of National power.
During the war, Southern Command valiantly defended the borders of the nation against any action by Pakistan. The notable battles which were fought in the area of responsibility of the Southern Army included the famous battles of Longewala and Parbat Ali where Pakistan’s forces were destroyed by the gallant Indian troops. The raid on Pakistani town of Chachro carried out by soldiers of the renowned 10 Para Commando Battalion led by Lieutenant Colonel (Later Brigadier) Bhawani Singh, was another famous military action deep inside enemy territory. These battles have gone down the pages of history as fine examples of grit, determination and bravery of our soldiers.
To commemorate the occasion a wreath laying ceremony was conducted to pay homage to brave soldiers, airmen and sailors of the Indian Armed Forces who did not think twice before laying down their lives to protect the sovereignty and freedom of our great nation. The solemn ceremony was a token of remembrance for theses brave sons of Indian who made the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty. The ceremony was attended by military personnel of Pune Station. During the ceremony tribute was paid to the gallant soldiers of Indo Pak War 1971 at the Southern Command War Memorial Pune. A commemorative wreath was laid by Lieutenant General JS Nain, Army Commander, Southern Command on behalf of all ranks of Headquarters Southern Command. The silence observed by all present echoed skywards to the martyrs of this great nation as an appropriate tribute to their steely resolve to defend India at all costs.