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Did you know why we celebrate Armed Forces Flag Day?

  • Mrinalini Singh
  • December 7, 2017
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‘When you go home, tell them of us and say, for your tomorrow, we gave our today’  The above lines written at the Kohima War Cemetery don’t fail to move the hearts of the individuals who visit the place to pay homage to the martyrs. Innumerable brave hearts of the Indian Armed forces have sacrificed their lives fighting for the mother earth. The ongoing attack operations in Jammu and Kashmir have claimed uncountable lives of our soldiers. Flag Day brings to the limelight the citizens’ obligation of looking after the nation’s disabled comrades-in-arms and dependents or widows of those martyrs who have laid their lives for the country.

This day is to remember the sacrifice of these selfless, fearless soldiers and martyrs, warriors and their kin that Flag Day is observed every year on December 7. It is basically celebrated on the belief that it is the duty of every citizen of India to look after the wellbeing of those who have laid their lives for the nation. This is an opportunity for every one of us to contribute most generously to the Armed Forces Flag Day Fund. It’s obvious that we can’t go at the border to fight and safeguard our country from the traitors but we can surely lend some help to those who have left their home, parents, kids, friends, wife for us.

A coordinated effort is made on this day to raise the funds collected from the public. Some of the Armed Forces formations also arrange several varieties of shows, dramas, carnivals and other forms of entertainment programmed to create awareness about this day. The week leading to the Flag Day will be celebrated as Armed Forces Week. Car stickers in red, deep blue and light colours, token flags, which will be representing the three services, will be distributed to the public throughout the country by the Kendriya Sainik Board, the central agency that oversees the collection of this proud day.

Recently appointed Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has appealed to all Indians to actively contribute to Flag Day fund. Our love for the martyrs should not mean that we forget the living heroes who were wounded while honestly standing on duty or their widows and children’s whom they had left behind to defend themselves. For three basic purposes the Flag Day is mainly held:

  • Rehabilitation of battle casualties
  • Welfare and resettlement of ex-servicemen and their families
  • Welfare of serving personnel and their families

You can show your love and sense of pride by donating some funs to http://ksb.gov.in/fundPayment.htm  or PayTM your fund to – 8800462175.

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