Central Command celebrated Infantry Day at Lucknow on October 27, 2018. Infantry Day is observed and revered by Indian Army in commemoration of the first victorious military action led by Infantry in Jammu and Kashmir after Independence to drive out Pakistani invaders.
The day began with a solemn wreath laying ceremony at 'SMRITIKA' War Memorial by Lieutenant General Abhay Krishna, Army Commander, Central Command and other Army officials. True to the traditions of the Indian Army, the irrevocable victory achieved by the martyrs solemnised during the day was celebrated with commitment and fervour when the soldiers gathered to reminisce the gallant actions and heroism of the fallen comrades.
In October 1947, tribals and troops of the newly formed Pakistani Army attacked the state of Jammu & Kashmir and had threatened Srinagar. On October 27, 1947 the valiant troops of the First Sikh Infantry Battalion landed at Srinagar airfield, initiating the liberation of the valley.
It has been 71 long years since history recorded this event and the queen of battle "Infantry" has been celebrating the day as "Infantry Day". Infantry has played a decisive role in our victories over Pakistan in 1965 and 1971. The Kargil conflict of 1999, too witnessed an exemplary performance of officers and men of Infantry in extreme climatic and terrain conditions. Besides, Infantry undertakes numerous civic action projects for our citizens in remote and inaccessible parts of India. The serving soldiers, veterans and citizens of nation salute the spirit of the Infantry.