Prime Minister Narendra Modi will light up ‘Swarnim Vijay Mashaal today and begin 50th anniversary celebrations of Indo-Pak War. In December 1971, the Indian Armed Forces secured a decisive and historic Victory over Pakistan Army, which led to creation of a Nation- Bangladesh and also resulted in the largest Military Surrender after the World War-II.
Defence Ministry said that various commemorative events are planned across the nation and the inaugural event will be held at the National War Memorial in New Delhi. Four Victory Mashaals will be lit from the Eternal Flame of National War Memorial. These Mashaals will be carried to various parts of the country including to villages of Param Vir Chakra and MahaVir Chakra Awardees of 1971 War. The Ministry said, Soil from the villages of these Awardees and from areas where major battles were fought in 1971 are being brought to the memorial in New Delhi.
Defence Ministry said, Prime Minister, Chief of Defence Staff and Tri-Service Chiefs will lay wreath and pay homage to the fallen soldiers at National War Memorial today. Various commemorative events will be conducted pan-India wherein war Veterans and Veer Naris will be felicitated. It said, the events like band displays, seminars, exhibitions, equipment displays, film festivals, conclaves and adventure activities are also planned.