The General Officer Commanding in Chief (GOC-in-C) of the Northern Command, Lt Gen DS Hooda, laid wreath on the 'Dhruva Shahid Smarak' in Udhampur, in remembrance and honour of all those members of the Infantry fraternity, who made the supreme sacrifice for the honour and safety of the country, Defence spokesman Col SD Goswami said.
Similar memorial services were held all across Jammu and Kashmir, he said. October 27 is celebrated as Infantry Day by the Indian Army as it was on this day that an Infantry Company of the First Battalion of the Sikh Regiment was airlifted from Delhi to Srinagar to liberate Kashmir from the invading tribals who were supported by Pakistan Army.
This action was ordered by then Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru after Maharaja Hari Singh signed the Instrument of Accession acceding Jammu Kashmir to India.
In his message to the Infantry, Lt Gen Hooda, the senior most Infantry officer in the region, complimented all Infantry men for their devotion towards duty and indomitable spirit while working under trying and difficult conditions.
He acknowledged their tremendous contribution in maintaining the sanctity of the nation's borders and fighting terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir.

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