Army Day 2021: India is celebrating the 73rd Army Day today. The day is celebrated each year at all Army Command headquarters in order to honour the soldiers of our country who have set the greatest example of selfless service and brotherhood. The nation also pays tribute to the valour of the bravehearts on this day while thanking them for their selfless service.Also Read - Chinese Army Hands Over Missing Arunachal Teen to India, Tweets Union Minister Kiren Rijiju

Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat on Friday expressed gratitude to Indian soldiers, saying that their valour and sacrifices are an inspiration to many. Also Read - Viral Video: BSF Jawan Takes Up Fit India Challenge And Completes 47 Push Ups in 40 Seconds; Watch Video

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“On the historic Army Day, we pay homage and express our gratitude to those brave soldiers, whose valour and Supreme sacrifice in line of duty inspires us to rededicate ourselves with renewed vigour,” Rawat said in a message. He added, “Your dauntless courage, indomitable spirit and unparalleled devotion to duty in the true traditions and ethos of the Indian army will continue to inspire future generations. Jai Hind!”

President Ramnath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also extended greetings to Army officers, ex-servicemen and their families on the occasion.

President Kovind remembered the bravehearts who made the supreme sacrifice in service to the nation and said the country will remain forever to the courageous of soldiers and their families.

“On Army Day, greetings to the valiant men and women of the Indian Army. We remember the bravehearts who made the supreme sacrifice in service to the nation. India will remain forever grateful to courageous and committed soldiers, veterans and their families. Jai Hind!” the official account of Rashtrapati Bhavan tweeted.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Modi greeted the Indian Army on behalf of the whole nation and said that India’s strong and courageous Army always held the head of nation high with pride.

“Greeting to the mighty soldiers, who dedicate every moment of their lives in the service of Ma Bharati, and their families on the occasion of Army Day. Our Army is strong, courageous and determined, and has always held the head of nation high with pride. I salute the Indian Army on behalf of all the countrymen,” tweeted the Prime Minister (roughly translated from Hindi).

Why is Army Day celebrated on 15th January?

So why January 15? Every year, the Indian Army celebrates the Army Day on January 15 because on this day in 1949, the Indian Army got its first commander-in-chief. Lieutenant General KM Cariappa took over as the reins of the armed force as first Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army from General Sir Francis Butcher, the last British Commander-in-Chief of India. He adopted the slogan ‘Jai Hind’, which means ‘Victory to India'”.

Every year, the day is celebrated with different themes and ideas. Last Year, the ‘Digital Transformation of Defense’ was the Indian Army Day 2020 Theme.

This year the Indian Army has organized a marathon – Vijay Run – to “commemorate the Swarnim Vijay Varsh celebrations of India’s resounding victory over Pakistan in 1971.”

One can also watch the Army Day parade live on different social media handles of the Indian Army.