Vijay Diwas was celebrated all over the country on Sunday, marking the country’s victory over Pakistan in the 1971 war.
Several functions were organised at the Pangode Army Station in Thiruvananthapuram. At the function at Army Station, Pangode, Major General M N K Nair (retd) placed a wreath on behalf of the Indian Army veterans. Col S P Bhat, CO, MH, placed a wreath on behalf of the Station Commander. Commanding officers of various regiments and other senior officers of Pangode Military Station and IAF also offered their respects at the war memorial.
The function began with ‘Salami Shastra’ saluting the martyrs, followed by ‘Shoka Shastra’. A two-minute silence was observed as a mark of respect to the fallen soldiers. The Army band played the ‘Last Post.’
Vijay Diwas marks the day when over 90,000 Pakistani soldiers led by Lt General A K Niazi surrendered unconditionally before the Indian Army led by Lt General J S Arora, the then GOC-in-C, Eastern Command, in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, which was then East Pakistan. The year 2012 marks the 41st anniversary of Vijay Diwas.