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Valour, victory and voices

Valour, victory and voices
Event was organised by Citizens for Forces, an NGO, at Central Park in the heart of the Capital.

Singer Shamsher Mehndi and sufi-band Panchtarni brought alive the memories and patriotic rhythms with their soulful music. A crowd of several hundred people along with retired and serving Armed Forces officials also occupied the seating area as the band performed.

MP and BJP spokesperson, Meenakshi Lekhi graced the event by her presence.

‘The idea of this evening is not only to celebrate the valour and victory of our soldiers, but also taking time out to think about war veterans and families of war heroes who died on the battlefield.

Let’s not forget our heroes and work towards ensuring that they and their families get looked after.

To all citizens, I request to mark this date as one to honour all our soldiers. It will ensure our borders are safe and our nation is sovereign’, Lekhi noted.

Ankit Gupta, head of Citizens for Force said, ‘We have been wanting to host an evening like this for several years, taking this day outside newsrooms to people, to make them mark it on their calendar and remember the bravery of the soldiers in the history of this country. I am glad we got the necessary support to start this and I promise to mark this day with something special, annually’.

The evening also marked the presence of Tiger Hill hero Brigadier Khushal Thakur, who was the commanding officer of 18 Grenadiers that won back both Tiger Hill and Tololing Pass in the war. Col. Anil Kaul - a Vir Chakra awardee in 1987 who sustained 80 per cent disability during the war including a damaged eye where he now carries a proud patch was also present there.

A t-shirt and memorabilia range to celebrate the war heroes was also launched where Lekhi declared that the money collected from these would be donated to the Military Hospital in Pune, to treat wounded soldiers and she would ensure the money was utilised for the correct purpose.

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