Marking the takeover of the Indian Army by the first Indian Commander-in-Chief, a wreath-laying ceremony was organised at the War Memorial here on Wednesday.
Lieutant General VK Pillai, General Officer Commanding, Andhra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala area and other senior officers laid wreath remembering the martyrs.
Speaking after the ceremony, VK Pillai said that the day is celebrated with parade ceremonies in six army commands in the country and that it brings back the commitment and perseverance in times of adversity. “We will have a parade here later in the day where veterans would also be invited. Recipients of awards will be honoured in a ceremony in Pune,” the GOC said.
Army Day is celebrated every year on January 15 to mark the taking over of the Indian Armby by the first Indian Commander-in-Chief, Lieutenant General (Later Field Marshal) KM Cariappa on January 15, 1948. He took over from Lieutenant General Sir Francis Butcher, the last British Commander-in-Chief.
April 1895 saw the formal raising of the Southern Command which guards the largest part of the sovereign territory of India has its headquarter in Pune.