UN Medal Parade is one of the most awaited event for Peacekeeper. As it serves as a recognition of their dedication and sacrifice during their deployment in a foreign land.
On June 27, 2018, members of the 2nd rotation of 3 MADRAS Infantry Battalion Group in South Sudan were awarded their United Nations (UN) Medals on completion of their mandatory tour of duty.The Guest of Honour for the event was Brig Gen Albert K Dawohoso, Sector Commander, Sector North in UNMISS. Other important dignitaries including Ms Hazel Davet, Head of Field office Malakal, Mr John Adhong Dy Governor of Central Upper Nile state and Mr Sree Kumar officiating Indian Ambassador in South Sudan graced the occasion.
The term United Nations Medal refers to one of several international decorations which are issued by the UN to the military personnel of different countries for participating in joint international military and police operations such as peacekeeping, humanitarian efforts, and disaster relief.
The medal received by 3 MADRAS Infantry Battalion Group was the UNMISS Medal which was established on July 8, 2011. The ribbon has two United Nations' blue stripes on the edges, followed by two white stripes and central green strip. Four black lines separate each of these stripes. The colour blue in the medal represents the UN, black and green symbolize the mission's area of operations in South Sudan and white signifies hope for peace and prosperity.
In his speech, the Sector Commander, Sector North commended the dedication, commitment and sacrifice of the Indian Contingent in interest of peace, stability and reconstruction of South Sudan.
The Cultural display after the Medal Parade also enthralled the guests. The battalion showcased rich Indian culture through a military band display, Chenda display and display of martial arts of Kerala,Kalaripayutu.
The real essence of the medal parade was the recognition of the sacrifice by the troops and their families who chose the difficult assignment for sake of their country and International peace.