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Golden Jubilee Celebrations : 14 Guards th Battalion Brigade of The Guards kick started 14its Golden Jubilee on January 12, 2018 with the ceremonial parade followed by release of first day cover. Lt Gen Surinder Singh, Army Commander, Western Command and Colonel of the Brigade of the Guards reviewed the ceremonial parade. The parade consisted of the infantry marching contingent and BMP mounted contingent along with the light vehicle contingent, thereby displaying the might of a mechanized battalion in ever changing environment of warfare. Lt Gen Surinder Ekka, PVC were also present during the ceremonial Singh commended the Battalion for its glorious past and parade. its contribution in wars & various operations in highest traditions of ‘Brigade of The Guards’ and ‘Indian Army’. The battalion was raised on January 13, 1968. The He complimented the present day flag bearers for their battalion is the youngest ‘Param Vir Chakra’ Battalion determination, fortitude & exhorted them to work for the of India Army, wherein LNk Albert Ekka was awarded the ‘Param Vir Chakra’ in Indo-Pak War in 1971. The izzat of the battalion. He also released the ‘First Day battalion has participated in all the operations since Cover’ of the battalion on the occasion. A large number its raising. The unit has been conferred with Eastern of officers & veterans turned up to join the celebrations Army Commander’s unit citation in 2016 as an of the battalion including war veterans of 1971 war. acknowledgement of well deserved recognition for its A large number of Veer Naris of the battalion tenure in Super High Altitude Area of North Sikkim. including Mrs Balamdina Ekka wife of Late LNk Albert - Gargi Malik Sinha School Children Witness Indian Navy Band Performance bout 350 school children from of Indian Navy Band which came under the shade of Lascar War Avarious schools in Kolkata and from Visakhapatnam, the Eastern Memorial, Hastings, the memorial NCC cadets from the region had the Naval Command, to perform in which was built in honour of 896 opportunity to swing into the rhythm Kolkata. The Naval band performed lascars, who died fighting for the British Navy during the First World War. The event was organized as part of the Navy Day Celebrations which is celebrated each year on December 4. The venue, aptly selected, gave the children an opportunity to have a closer look at the naval base and interact with the men in uniform. The young minds enthusiastically witnessed the captivating performance of Naval band under the baton of Commander Satish K Champion. The Band, whose origin dates back to 1945, played different forms and textures of music for the children. Indian Naval Band from Vishakapatnam performing at the Lascar War Memorial, Hastings, as part of Navy Day celebrations in Kolkata on January 11, 2018. - Wg Cdr SS Birdi 39 February 1-15, 2018 Sainik Samachar
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