Kargil Vijay Diwas at Shaheed Smarak, Noida

Every year July 26 is observed as Kargil Vijay Diwas celebrating the victory and success of Operation Vijay in Kargil. On this day in 1999, India was successful in taking command of high icy outposts in the Kargil-Dras sector from Pakistani intruders.

Kargil War 1999: India won
Tiger Hill Recaptured. Photo:Mid Day

The Kargil War was fought for 60 days wherein 527 brave armed forces personnel laid down their lives and thousands were wounded protecting the frontiers of our nation. In honor of Kargil War Heroes every year a wreath laying ceremony is organised at the Shaheed Smarak in Noida.

Wreath Laying Ceremony at Shaheed Smarak, Noida
Wreath Laying Ceremony at Shaheed Smarak, Noida. Photo: Core Communique

Noida is home to many soldiers who have given the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty. Senior Army Officers, Veterans and general public offer floral tributes at the Shaheed Smarak to mark the anniversary of India's victory. School children sing patriotic songs on this solemn occasion. Active participation by civilian Noida residents is also seen by way of various campaigns like blood donation camps organised to honor this day.

School Children singing Patriotic Songs
School Children singing Patriotic Songs. Photo: Reportmysignal Blog

Kargil Vijay Diwas is celebrated to remember and honor our brave soldiers for their indomitable will and deep conviction in the ideals that India stands for and making the supreme sacrifice in safeguarding them. Their examples inspire us all and strengthens our Nation's moral fiber and proves that given the committed resolve of our men and women in uniform, India can face any challenges.

For the Fallen 
by Robert Laurence

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, not the years condemn
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them

Related links:

A Tribute to Captain Vijayant Thapar
Captain Vijayant Thapar (Wiki-Profile)
Kargil Diwas, 2012 (IESM Facebook Photo Album)
Kargil Diwas, 2011  (Report My Signal Blog)
Kargil Diwas, 2010 (Report My Signal Blog)
Kargil Diwas, 2009 (IESM Blog)
IESM launches Kargil Diwas  (IESM Blog Photos)
Martyrs of Noida (attachowk.com)
Kargil War in Pictures (Military Photo)
Heroes of Kargil War (India Today Photo Gallery)
10th Anniversary of Kargil War (Indiatimes Photo Gallery)

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