Earlier, General Dalbir Singh, Chief of the Army Staff, paid homage to the martyrs of 'Operation Vijay' at the historic Kargil War Memorial at Drass in Kargil district (of Jammu and Kashmir).

"He was accompanied by Lieutenant General D.S. Hooda, Army Commander, Northern Command, and General Officer Commanding of the Fire and Fury Corps," a defence statement said.
In pics: Kargil Vijay Diwas
The Army chief also interacted with the Veer Naris (war widows), awardees, and relatives of the martyred soldiers. "Speaking on the occasion, the army chief paid glowing tributes to the supreme sacrifices and expressed his gratitude to the martyrs, their next of kin and the Veer Naris.

Indian and Pakistani armies fought the Kargil War in May-July 1999 in the Kargil district of Kashmir and elsewhere along the Line of Control (LoC). India launched 'Operation Vijay' to clear the Kargil sector of infiltration by Pakistani soldiers and Kashmiri militants on the Indian side of the Line of Control.

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