ARMED FORCES VETERANS DAY
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Every year, Armed Forces Veterans Day is celebrated on January 14.
- The Day began its journey as Armistice Day in order to reflect upon heroism of those who died in country’s service.
- Armistice Day is celebrated on November 11 all over the world.
- The first Armistice Day was celebrated on November 11, 1919 marking the anniversary of the end of World War I and celebrating the brave soldiers who were part of World War I.
- However, in India the day was first marked through a resolution passed by the Congress in 1926.
- The Armistice Day was commemorated on November 11 to mark the armistice that was signed between Allies of World war I and Germany.
- In 1954, the Armistice Day was changed to Veterans Day to honour the living legends of all wars.
- Unlike Memorial Day, on armistice day, the world pays tribute to living veterans who were part of the war.
- The day is being celebrated since 2017.
- Armed Forces Veterans Day is observed as a mark of respect and recognition of the services rendered by Filed Marshal KM Cariappa OBE – the first Indian Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Armed Forces who retired on 14 Jan 53.
- Commemoration of Armed Forces Veterans Day acknowledges and honours the selfless devotion and sacrifice of our veterans in the service of the nation.
- This year, the 4th Armed Forces Veterans Day at Delhi will commence with a homage ceremony at the National War Memorial, where wreaths will be laid by CISC, serving three-star officers as well as veteran officers and JCOs from all three services.
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