Ex-Servicemen rally at Leimakhong
Ex- Servicemen (ESM) Rally was conducted by Red Shield Division on December 16-17, 2017 at Leimakhong Military Garrison. The Rally saw participation by more than 1100 ESM, Veer Naris and children. The Rally was graced By Lieutenant General (Retd) K Himalay Singh, Deputy General Officer Commanding Brig SKS Chauhan apart from other Civil and Military Dignitaries. All the Ex- Servicemen, Veer Naris, Widows of deceased soldiers and their dependents were at the outset welcomed and the World War II Veterans, Gallantry award winners and Veer Naris in particular were specially felicitated. Lieutenant General (Retd) K Himalay Singh expressed that welfare of ESM, Veer Naris and World War II Veterans will be given top most priority. He stressed on wide publicity of various Central/State/Army welfare schemes for the ESM. He praised the dedication and hard work of the retired ranks and files of the Armed Forces, said that it was this league of extraordinary people who by setting an example in the society, acted as catalysts in remoulding it. He exhorted the younger generation to learn from the Veterans and emulate their lives in ensuring a progressive and prosperous Manipur. The event was marked by the release of booklets on various welfare schemes under implementation by the Government for the benefit of the Ex- Servicemen fraternity. One World War II Veterans, four Chakra Awardees, 19 Veer Naris and 54 Widows of deceased soldiers were honoured for their invaluable contribution towards nation building. The Red Shield Division got together with the State Administration and Corporate Houses 40 Stalls for the ESM and also provided a platform for ESM to register to Project 'Suvigya'. The Rally was a success and brought together the serving and Veteran soldiers clearly highlighting the binding spirit of camaraderie of the Armed Forces.
- Lt Col Ajay Kumar Sharma