Srinagar: Wednesday, 26 July 2017. The 18th Anniversary commemoration of ‘KARGIL VIJAY DIWAS’ culminated in Dras on 26 Jul 2017. The proceedings opened with a solemn wreath laying ceremony at the Dras War Memorial led by Lt Gen D Anbu, GOC-in-C Northern Command. Gallantry award winners of the Kargil Conflict and next of kins of martyrs, Veer Naris, senior army officers and civil dignitaries also paid tributes to the martyrs. This was followed by a pledge taken by all present at the function to rededicate themselves to the cause of the Nation.

The sombre mood at the ceremony brought home memories of the losses borne so proudly by the martyrs’ families in the summer of 1999. Many in the audience were moved to tears when the buglers played the poignant tune of  “The Last Post” after the wreath laying.

The event was celebrated with full military decorum and solemnity. The GOC-in-C while talking to the media thanked them for participating in the event and said that the commemoration is the Army’s modest homage to the martyrs and a way of remembering the contribution of the units and the formations in the conflict that gave India its finest victory in recent times.