New Delhi: The Indian Army on Tuesday paid homage to its martyred soldiers at Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate on the occasion of 65th Indian Army Day.

Indian Army, which is one of the finest Army in the world, remembered and paid tributes to its braveheroes who had sacrificed their lives for the motherland.

Addressing the nation, Army chief General Bikram Singh said, "The Indian Army has been able to fulfil the country's expectations and will continue to serve the countrymen. Our country has been facing both internal as well as external challenges and the Indian Army is ready for all the challenges."

Hailing the contribution of his brave soldiers, the Army Chief said, “The Indian Army has stood by all the challenges and faced them bravely. I salute all my armymen who have made supreme sacrifices while upholding the nation’s honour and security.”

"To strengthen the Army in coping with all the situations, we have upheld the standards of the operation preparedness of the Army. With the aim of modernising the Army, we have stressed upon developing the infrastructure and technology,” General Singh said.

Lauding the performance and dedication of the Army, Defence Minister AK Antony said, “The Indian Army has displayed its professionalism in almost every situation. I assure the armed forces that the government is committed to the betterment and welfare of the forces.”

In his message President Pranab Mukherjee said, “Our Army has consistently performed all its duties to keep the national security and integrity intact.”

Echoing similar sentiments, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said, “I join my fellow citizens in honouring the Indian Army for its exceptional service to the country.”

Parade and many military shows, which feature Army's technology and achievements, will be held at the Delhi Cantonment.

Army Day is celebrated on 15th January every year, in recognition of Lieutenant General (later Field Marshal) KM Cariappa’s taking over as the first Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army.

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