Army Day is observed by units and formation headquarters across the country. Army Eastern Command at Kolkata, the Eastern Army Commander Lieutenant General Abhay Krishna laid wreath at Vijay Smarak, the Eastern Command War Memorial at Fort William and paid homage to martyrs who laid their lives in service of the Nation.
15 Army units, which performed exceedingly well during the year, were awarded with General Officer Commanding in Chief Unit Appreciations for their exceptionally high standards of professionalism, outstanding devotion to duty and keeping the Indian Army Flag high. This includes six Infantry Battalions, two Artillery Regiments, two Engineer Regiments, one Aviation Squadron, one Army Service Corps Battalion, one Remount & Veterinary Service Unit and others.
Army Day is observed on 15 January every year to commemorate General (later Field Marshal) KM Cariappa, OBE taking over as the first Commander-in-Chief of Indian Army from General Sir (Francis Robert) Roy Bucher, KBE, CB, MC, the last British Commander in Chief of the British Indian Army. The day is observed by paying homage to the courageous and brave soldiers who sacrificed their lives while protecting the country.
On 14th January 2016, solemn wreath laying ceremony was organized at Vijay Smarak, Fort William today to mark the second Armed Forces Veterans’ Day. Serving personnel of the three services i.e. Army, Navy and Air Force and Veterans including disabled soldiers paid homage to those who had made the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty. General Shankar Roy Chowdhury (the former Chief of Army Staff) and Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha (former Chief of Air Staff) were the prominent veterans who laid wreaths at the memorial. Lieutenant General Abhay Krishna, the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (GOC-in-C), Eastern Command, was the senior most serving officer to pay tributes on this solemn occasion.
This day is celebrated every year as a mark of respect and recognition of the services rendered by Field Marshal K.M. Cariappa, OBE (Order of the British Empire), the first Commander of the Indian Armed Forces, who retired from service on 14 January 1953. Addressing the gathering, the GOC-in-C thanked the Veterans for their service and reminded the audience that the shared values and ethos of the three services was a result of exemplary leadership and valuable guidance provided by the Veterans during their tenure in service.
The Indian Army is also celebrating 2018 as “The Year of Disabled Soldier in the Line of Duty”: the day also marks the beginning of year long initiative to pay respect to the great and unparalleled sacrifices made by our disabled soldiers while selflessly safeguarding the country and its citizens. Several information kiosks have been set up at various Army formations under the Eastern Command to spread awareness about various ongoing and upcoming initiatives in the field of job placement, skill development, education facilities, pension entitlement and other related issues faced by Army personnel.