Noida (UP), Feb 18 (ANI): The Indian Air Force Chief, Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne said here today at the annual wreath laying ceremony at Shaheed Smarak that given the committed resolve of the people in uniform India can face any challenge.
The Air Chief who led the gathering of ex-servicemen, civil and military dignitaries and school children, along with with Major General A K Parnaik and Rear Admiral Brijesh Jhang paid tributes to martyred soldiers on the occasion.
Addressing the gathering, Air Chief Browne said, "today we remember and honour our fallen comrades for their indomitable will and deep conviction in the ideals that India stands for and making the supreme sacrifice in safeguarding them. Their examples inspires all of us who are in uniform today, strengthens our Nation's moralfibre and proves that given the committed resolve of our men and women in uniform, India can face any challenge."
The Air Chief said the nation should thank God for having such gallant men to live in our country.
"I salute all the bravehearts for their exemplary patriotism, which they have immortalized by making the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty. To my mind, it would be wrong to mourn the sacrifices of these gallant men. Rather, we should thank God that such men indeed lived. Nothing can match their sacrifices to ensure that our Nation continues to prosper in a secure environment," said Browne.
Also present on the occasion was Lieutenant General (Retd) Sir Alistair Irwin, President, Royal British Legion Scotland and also Vice-Chairman, Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
The Shaheed Smarak located at Noida in Uttar Pradesh, was raised on April 13, 2002 in the memory of armed forces personnel who achieved martyrdom while defending the country. (ANI)
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