New Delhi, Dec 7: Every year on December 7, the three defence forces – Army, Navy and the Air Force – observe Armed Forces Flag Day to honour the men in uniform who made the supreme sacrifice while protecting the borders of the country. Since 1949, December 7 is observed as the Armed Forces Flag Day to honour the martyrs and the men in uniform who valiantly fought on the borders to safeguard the country’s honour.

After independence, the government decided to set up a welfare fund for the benefit of defence personnel. A committee was set up on August 28, 1949 which decided a Flag Day will be observed on December 7.

It was decided that small flags would be distributed to general public across the country and funds would be collected which would be utilised for the welfare of defence personnel and their families.

The Kendriya Sainik Board (KSB), which is part of the Ministry of Defence, distributes small paper flags, stickers in return of voluntary contributions from people across the country. (Also Read: Nirmala Sitharaman Appeals to Digitally Donate for Armed Forces Flag Day 2017)

This year the Ministry of Defence launched the Armed Forces Week to conduct a digital campaign to bring together the entire nation to express solidarity with the Armed Forces personnel.

“This #ArmedForcesWeek, Join us in wearing Armed Forces flag between 1-7 Dec to pay respects to the brave sons & daughters of our nation. You can also contribute towards the welfare of war-widows, children of martyrs & ex-servicemen by visiting Jai Hind,” Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had tweeted urging the people to make contributions towards the fund for the welfare of families of defence personnel.

The aim of the campaign is to generate awareness about the ‘Armed Forces Flag Day Fund’ and encourage people to contribute generously.

Several cashless payment methods have been setup and made available.