Gangtok, July 26: (IPR)
Kargil Vijay Diwas was observed in grand manner in Sikkim.
A letter in memory of Kargil War and to honour and celebrate the bravery and contribution of our army, was received by the Chief Minister from Union Defence Minister regarding observation of Kargil Vijay Diwas.
Due to many urgent engagements and ensuing Assembly session, a civilian function could not be organized. When news about army functions on both the days ie. 25th and 26th July was confirmed, it was decided to take part in their functions and elsewhere.
Governor Ganga Prasad graced the Vijay Diwas function organized by the army on the evening of 26th July at Defence Auditorium, Deorali. The Governor was joined by Chief Secretary, Government of Sikkim, Shri A.K. Shrivastava, and senior Army officers.
During the programme, a lecture cum demonstration program was organized in which two army officers of Kargil fame made a presentation.
The programme also comprised of Short film screening on the Kargil feat and patriotic song presentation by the jawans.
Governor Shri Ganga Prasad in his address remembered the brave jawans of the country who sacrificed their lives at the battlefield in Kargil. He also lauded the Indian Army for the victory in the Kargil War and for standing firm against any foreign attack. The Governor also recited verses of a poem and dedicated it to the jawas of the Indian Army. He said that the Indian Army has time and again given befitting replies to any invasion, thus safeguarding the peace and sovereignty of the nation. He said that our aim should always be to maintain peace, so that the money spent on warfare and artillery could be spent for the development of the country. He said that the sacrifices made by the army in guarding our borders have enables us to live a secure life and contribute freely for the development of the country. The Governor congratulated the army for organizing the programme in the most befitting manner.
Earlier, Governor Shri Ganga Prasad presented mementoes to the two brave officers who had fought bravely during the Kargil War.
It may be further informed that the army also organized a band display at M.G. Marg between 5 to 6 pm on both the days to mark ‘Kargil Vijay Diwas’.