11 Gorkha Rifles Regimental Centre observes 71st Raising Day
11 Gorkha Rifles Regimental Centre (11 GRRC) celebrated its 71st raising day with great fervour, enthusiasm and fanfare in Lucknow Cantonment on January 1, 2018. The celebration began in the morning with the hoisting of Regimental flag by Brigadier Pankaj Singh, Commandant, 11 Gorkha Rifles Regimental Centre at Quarter Guard in the Centre premises. This was followed by solemn wreath laying at War Memorial, 11 GRRC, to pay homage to our martyrs. All Officers, Junior Commissioned Officers and other Ranks of the Centre attended the ceremony. The last post was sounded after the wreath laying followed by two minutes silence for the peace of departed souls. At the regimental temple prayers were offered for the well being of the regiment, personnel and their families followed by Special Sainik Sammelan. Barakhana and Pagaljimkhana were also organised in which all serving and retired Officers, Junior Commissioned Officers, Other Ranks and their families residing in Lucknow participated.
The 11 Gorkha Rifles was raised after Independence on January 1, 1948 at Palampur in Kangra Valley of Himachal Pradesh. From the last 70 years, the units and personnel of the regiment wherever the battle field have lived up the call of duty both in war and peace to ensure its motto of "YATRAHAM VIJAYSTATRA" (In English-We the Metaphor for Victory). This is evident from the impressive tally of gallantry awards and decorations, which includes one Param Vir Chakra, the highest gallantry award, awarded to Caption Manoj Pandey (Posthumously) during the 1999 Kargil Operation, 4 Ashok Chakra, 14 Param Vishist Seva Medal, 2 Mahavir Chakra, 3 Kirti Chakra, 2 Uttam Yudh Seva Medal, 19 Ati Vishist Seva Medal, 14 Vir Chakra, 13 Shaurya Chakra, 4 Yudh Seva Medal, 1 Uttam Jeewan Raksha Padak, 89 Sena Medal, 31 Vishist Seva Medals and 31 Mention-in-Dispatches. 11 Gorkha Regiment has also been awarded with three "Battle Honours" and four "Theatre Honours", three "Chief of Army Staff Unit Citations" and eight "General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Unit Citations".
- Gargi Malik Sinha