Indian Army celebrated the 76th Army Day with a grand parade in Uttar Pradesh’s capital city, Lucknow. The Army Day parade has been moved out of Delhi for the second consecutive year. Last year, the parade took place at Bengaluru’s MED & Centre’s Parade Ground.
The grand spectacle took place at the parade ground of the 11 Gorkha Rifles Regimental Centre in Lucknow under the command of Major General Salil Seth. Six marching contingents from the army’s different regiments, a military band comprising five regimental brass bands and three pipe bands participated in the parade.
General Manoj Pande, chief of Army Staff, extended greetings on this significant day. He paid homage to the martyrs and urged the ‘Olive Green’ fraternity to counter security threats robustly.
He was the first Indian to be appointed as Commander-in-Chief. He took over the reins of the Indian Army from General Sir Francis Butcher, the last British Commander-in-Chief of India.
Cariappa remains one of only two Indian Army officers to hold the Five-star rank of Field Marshal; the other being Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw. Cariappa led Indian forces on the Western Front during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1947.