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Armed Forces Flag Day: India Honours Martyrs, Brave Personnel

Armed Forces Flag Day: India Honours Martyrs, Brave Personnel
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Armed Forces Flag Day: India Honours Martyrs, Brave Personnel

Small flags are distributed on this day in return for donations.

India observes the Armed Forces Flag Day today,requesting people to contribute to the Armed Forces Flag Day Fund as a tribute to the martyrs of the country.

The fund is used for the welfare of the families of the martyrs and disabled soldiers.

Every year, it is observed to honour martyrs, men and women in uniform, who safeguard the country’s honour.

Celebrating The Sacrifice, Valour And Patriotism

The Armed Forces Flag Day has been observed every day from 1949 onwards to honour martyrs and brave personnel from  Indian ArmyIndian Air Force and Indian Navy who fight to protect India.

Small flags are distributed on this day in return for donations.

Donations can be made online by visiting the website of the Kendriya Sainik Board, ksb.gov./in Small printable flags can also be downloaded from here.

(ReadOn Armed Forces Flag Day, messages of support from across India)

UGC Observes Armed Forces Flag Day

The University Grants Commission (UGC) ordered varsities across the country to observe 7 December as the Armed Forces Flag Day this year.

In a letter, the commission directed the institutions and universities to acknowledge the “supreme sacrifices made by our valiant Armed Forces personnel for protecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of our country and securing our lives against the threats of insurgency and terrorism” and against natural calamities.

(Read – On Army Day 2018, Recalling 5 Famous Indian Battles)

Tributes On Twitter

The hash tag #ArmedForcesFlagDay became a top trend on Twitter as government functionaries, sportspersons, political representatives and other eminent Indians began tweeting about the significance of the day

Armed Forces Week 2018

India observed the Armed Forces Week from 1 December till today to mark the celebration of 70th Armed Forces Flag Day.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had appealed to the countrymen to join in the Armed Forces Week, in wearing Armed Forces flag to pay respects to the brave sons and daughters of our nation.

The objective is to encourage citizens to make financial contributions to the families of war heroes and promote welfare activities.

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