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71st Army Day: Nation Hails The Valiant Heroes Who Died In The Battlefield

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| January 15 , 2019 , 12:40 IST

The nation celebrated 71st army day on Tuesday. On this day in 1949, Field Marshal Kodandera M Cariappa took over as the first Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army from General Sir Francis Butcher, the last British Commander-in-Chief.

Though we got independence in August 1947, it was one year and four months later that an Indian took control of the Army.

The Indian Army marks the day with parades and other events in the national capital.

The force also remembers and pays tributes to soldiers who lost their lives in the battlefield at the Amar Jawan Jyoti, India Gate, New Delhi.

According to media reports, the Army Day parade in Delhi Cantonment is slated to be led by Lieutenant Bhavana Kasturi.

This is for the first time when a woman officer will lead the Army Day parade. She will lead the Indian Army’s Service Corps contingent.

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