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75th Army Day
News: Every year India celebrates Army Day on January 15 to commemorate Field Marshal Kodandera M. Cariappa who became the first commander-in-chief of the Indian Army in 1949 replacing his British predecessor (General Sir Francis Butcher).
Why is this day commemorated?
• Celebrated across India, Army Day is dedicated to remembering those who fight relentlessly to protect our nation and its people. It also marks an important day which recognises army personnel and celebrates their achievements.
How is it celebrated?
• Every year, the celebrations are marked with several events on the day, including the main Army Day parade which is typically held at the Cariappa Parade Ground in the Delhi Cantonment.
• Sena medals and gallantry awards are also distributed on Army Day to recognise the achievements of army personnel.
• Army day Parade 2023 was held in Bengaluru, Karnataka this year. It is for the first time it was held outside New Delhi as the Defense ministry in a statement stated, “While the conduct of this historical event at Bengaluru is in recognition of the valour, sacrifices and services of the people of Southern India for the nation, it is also an apt tribute to Field Marshal KM Cariappa who hails from Karnataka.”