Assam: Veteran Day is observed throughout the country

Guwahati/ Sukna

Veterans Day was celebrated at Guwahati on 14 January 2019. The event commenced with Wreath Lying ceremony  where in homage were paid to the Martyrs by the serving  Officers, Director of Rajya Sainik Board as well as by the Veterans and Veer Naris at War Memorial, Digali Phukri.

Veteran Day is observed throughout the country a s a  mark of respect to the Veterans who had served the Nation in their prime years. A two Minute silence was observed by all the gatherings. Thereafter the gathering were hosted at Air Force Station, Borjhar where they were received and hosted by the AOC Air Commodore S Misra  VM and the CAO of Air Force Station , Borjhar.

Later, Director of Rajya Sainik Board Brig( Retd)  Joshi Narain Dutt Ganesh SM while addressing the veterans exhorted them and inform them about the latest policies and instructions and appeal the Veterans to have close liaison with the Sainik Board. A numbers   of Stall were open for the Veterans to include the products of Air Force Wives Welfare Association, Unit Run Canteen,  Royal Enfield stalls and Banks etc for the benefits of the Veterans.

The veterans duly reciprocated and  appreciated the initiatives  of the Armed Forces. The event was followed by a   Bara khana. It may be mentioned that, a numbers of Armed Forces veterans are doing extremely well in their second innings.

Flight Lt MK Gogoi, now GM of FCI, Sergiant Sarat Gohan who is a top functionary of Assam Higher Secondary Education, Captain Kishore Kumar Choudhury who is Director CBSE NE Region,  Air Commodore DJ Sharma and Brig Borpujari who served as member of APSC and Late Col Manoranjan Goswami, Father of Arnab Goswami,  who was a prolific author and TV personality.

Captain Jintu Gogoi  , VRC, who is the son of Flying Officer Thogi Ram Gogoi was awarded one of the Nation’s highest Gallantry award. The sons of two  former Chief Minister of Assam has made the country Proud by  attaining high position in the Armed Forces namely  Air Marshal Anjan Gogoi Son of Keshab Chandra Gogoi and  Captain Bordoloi  son of Bharat Ratna Gopinath Bordoloi. Both of them are settled in Guwahati and doing extremely well in their second innings.

14th January every year is celebrated as the Armed Forces Veterans Day to honour and show gratitude to ‘Veer Naris’ for their sacrifices and the Veterans who had served the nation with indomitable commitment.

Trishakti Corps celebrated Armed Forces Veterans Day on 14 Jan 2019 at Sukna to acknowledge their selfless devotion and sacrifice. Veer Nari Smt Niram Thulung whose husband, Late Nk Suman Rai, of 7/8 Gorkha Rifles was martyred on 19th January 1989 in Operation Pawan in Sri Lanka and Veer Nari Smt Bishnu Prabha Chettri, whose husband, late Sub TB Chettri of 2 Assam Regt was martyred on 26 March 1995 in a counter terrorism operation in Baramulla of Jammu and Kashmir, besides five other Veer Naris graced the occasion.

Colonel MK Gahatraj and Colonel Viren Jain, who had played a stellar role during the Liberation War of Bangladesh along with approximately 550 Veterans and their families including Disabled Soldiers attended the function.

The Veer Naris were felicitated in recognition of the supreme sacrifice of their husbands for laying down their lives against inimical forces in the line of duty. Lt Gen CP Mohanty, GOC, Trishakti Corps, felicitated the disabled soldiers and extolled the veterans for their valuable contribution towards Nation Building.

The celebrations included talks by Army officers related to update on various welfare related schemes  including ECHS for the veterans besides a cultural programme to include activities like Bhangra, Zanj Patak performance, Pipe Band display, Mule trick riding and Tent Pegging. The event was much appreciated by the Veterans fraternity who conveyed their heartfelt thanks to the Trishakti Corps.

Units of Red Horns Division celebrated Veterans day on 14 Jan 2019 at Kokrajhar and Goalpara Districts. A total of 133 veterans took a walk down memory lane and recollected their years of service to the nation in an interactive session with serving army personnel followed by tea and a Barakhana.The event also included flag hoisting ceremony. An ex- servicemen grievance redressal cell was established wherein veterans were briefed about various welfare schemes, second employment avenue with DSC, Ecological Territorial Army. They were also educated on the need for registration on DIAV portal along with the importance of registration for ECHS cards. The veterans shared their grievances during the interaction. The effort by the unit was well received and appreciated by veterans.

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