Kargil Vijay Diwas was celebrated at Lucknow cantonment on July 26, 2018 to commemorate India's emphatic victory in the Kargil war of 1999 and honour the war heroes who laid down their lives for our well being. It was on this historic day in 1999 that gallant soldiers of the Indian Army successfully took control of posts in extremely difficult and treacherous high altitude and glaciated terrain across the Himalayas in Ladakh region.
In Lucknow, the Governor of Uttar Pradesh, Shri Ram Naik along with Senior Officers and soldiers of Lucknow garrison paid tribute and laid wreaths at SMRITIKA war memorial amidst soul stirring patriotic tunes played by the military band. The Governor saluted the martyrs when the 'Last Post' was sounded and two minutes silence was observed.
Lt Gen J K Sharma, Chief of Staff, Central Command felicitated the family members of Kargil War Martyrs and Veterans earlier during the day. A Silver Memento and Rs 50,000/- each was presented to 13 JAK RIF and 141 Med Regt, the units which took part in Kargil War. In addition fourteen bravehearts of Kargil War were awarded with GOC-in-C Commendation Card.
Veer Naris of Kargil War and Widows were also felicitated by Mrs Sneh Lata Bhakuni, on behalf of Army Wives Welfare Association, Central Command.
The success of Operation Vijay is attributable to the Indian Army and the Air Force, wherein the Pakistani Army and terrorists/intruders were expelled from Indian Territory. True to their tradition, the Indian Army did not let down their country in this hour of crisis. At the cost of 527 soldiers martyred and 1363 soldiers wounded, the Indian Army and Air Force saved the day for India. Brave Sons of Lucknow District, Late Captain Manoj Kumar Pandey and Major Vivek Gupta were awarded with the Param Vir Chakra and Maha Vir Chakra respectively, for showing exemplary courage in the face of the enemy.