"We remember the indomitable courage & sacrifice of our Armed Forces on Kargil Vijay Diwas. The nation salutes these brave martyrs," Modi said on Twitter.

Every year July 26 is observed as 'Kargil Vijay Diwas'. The families of the soldiers, who made the supreme sacrifice for the country, make it a point to visit the war memorial each year on the occasion of Vijay Diwas.

They remember their loved ones with pride, but the feelings of sadness have not waned.

"This place and this day remind us of those brave-hearts who sacrificed their lives for the country. My son was one of them. I am sad that I lost my son but, at the same time, there is a feeling of pride that he laid down his life for the country," said Colonel VN Thapar, father of Captain Vijyant Thapar, who was martyred while leading an attack of the 2 Rajputana Rifles at Tololing.

The two-day event to mark Vijay Diwas and commemorate the martyrdom of the jawans was kicked off by Army Chief General Bikram Singh, who offered floral tributes at the Kargil War Memorial here.

Many current and former top army officers also laid floral wreaths at the memorial this morning. That was followed by a memorial service and a visit to the 'Hut of Remembrance', a museum which has been constructed adjacent to the war memorial.

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