Indian Army Day is celebrated on January 15 every year to commemorate the achievements of the first Indian Commander in Chief of the Indian Army — General (later Field Marshal) K.M. Cariappa.
- On this day, Cariappa, who led Indian forces to victory in the 1947 war, took over the command of the Indian Army from General Sir FRR Bucher, the last British Commander-in-Chief in 1949 and became the first Indian Commander-in-Chief of Independent India.
- The Army Day is celebrated every year to honour Cariappa and the defence forces.
- Until last year, the main Army Day parade was held at the Cariappa Parade ground in Delhi where Service Chiefs paid homage to the Indian Army.
- As part of an initiative to take major events to other parts of the country the 75th Army Day will be held in Bengaluru this year.
- The Army Day Parade showcases the evolution of various weapon systems held in the Indian Army’s inventory. Soldiers are also awarded with Gallantry awards and Sena medals on the day.
- The Indian Army is one of the most powerful militaries of the world, competing with superpowers like the US, Russia and China.
- The motto of the Indian Army is ‘service before self’ and its mission is to ensure national security and national unity, defend the nation from external aggression and internal threats, and maintain peace and security within its borders.
Turning Point Defence Academy salutes to the brave soldiers, who risk and sacrifice their lives to protect us.