Kargil Vijay Diwas: Remembering Martyrs Who Laid Down Their Lives For India Against Pakistan [In Pics]

| July 26 , 2015 , 20:47 IST
The 16th anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas was observed here on Sunday with a solemn ceremony that brought back memories of the bravehearts who sacrificed their lives to lead India to victory in the 1999 conflict against Pakistan. The proceedings in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir began with a solemn wreath-laying ceremony at the Drass War Memorial led by the army's Northern Command chief Lieutenant General D.S. Hooda. Gallantry award winners, widows and other family members of martyrs, army officers and civil officials paid tributes to those who lost their lives in the line of duty. This was followed by a pledge taken by all those present at the function to rededicate themselves to the cause of the nation. The army commander interacted with the families and gallantry award winners. The sombre mood brought back memories of the losses borne so proudly by the families in the summer of 1999. Many in the audience were moved to tears when the bugles played the poignant notes of "The Last Post" after the wreath-laying ceremony. The commemorative event is held every year to mark India's victory. It also gives many people the rare opportunity to meet the heroes of the conflict in person and interact with them. At, we remember those martyrs and relive their memories in pictures.
Indian Army Celebrates 1999 Kargil War Victory
  [caption id="attachment_92398" align="aligncenter" width="494"](Photo courtesy: @IndiaHistorypic) (Photo courtesy: @IndiaHistorypic)[/caption]  
Capitan Nachiketa Of Indian Airforce
[caption id="attachment_92402" align="aligncenter" width="633"](Photo: @IndiaHistorypic) (Photo courtesy: @IndiaHistorypic)[/caption] Group Captain Nachiketa of Indian Airforce captured Pakistani troops in Kashmir during Kargil War
Nega Regiment During Kargil War 1999
[caption id="attachment_92405" align="aligncenter" width="645"](Photo coutesy: @IndiaHistorypic) (Photo courtesy: @IndiaHistorypic)[/caption] Nega Regiment captured Black Rock during Kargil
Captain Vikram Batra
[caption id="attachment_92408" align="aligncenter" width="629"](Photo courtesy: @IndiaHistorypic) (Photo courtesy: @IndiaHistorypic)[/caption] Nation's highest wartime gallantry award Param Vir Chakra was awarded to Captain Vikram Batra on 15th August 1999.
Indian Army At Tiger Hill
[caption id="attachment_92410" align="aligncenter" width="624"](Photo courtesy: @IndiaHistorypic) (Photo courtesy: @IndiaHistorypic)[/caption] Indian soldiers celebrated their victory
Captain Saurabh Kalia
[caption id="attachment_92411" align="aligncenter" width="618"](Photo courtesy: @IndiaHistorypic) (Photo courtesy: @IndiaHistorypic)[/caption] He was captured and tortured by Pakistani Army, His ear drums were pierced with hot iron rods, eyes punctured and genitals cut off, then killed.
PM Narendra Modi In Kargil
[caption id="attachment_92412" align="aligncenter" width="626"](Photo courtesy: @IndiaHistorypic) (Photo courtesy: @IndiaHistorypic)[/caption] PM Narendra Modi visited the Kargil spot to encourage the soldiers.