Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday paid homage to the martyrs of the Kargil war, with a call to youth to join the armed forces to serve the nation.On the 22nd anniversary of Kargil War, the Chief Minister laid a wreath at the War Memorial at the Bougainvillea Garden in Chandigarh. He saluted the 54 brave sons of Punjab who laid their lives during the Kargil Operations.
Remembering their sacrifices on the Kargil Vijay Divas, Captain Amarinder Singh paid tributes to the valiant Indian soldiers who braved the harsh weather to give a befitting reply to the Pakistani armed forces that had intruded in Kargil, Drass and Batalik areas in July 1999.
During a brief interaction with the young NCC Cadets and Lady Cadets of Mai Bhago Armed Forces Preparatory Institute, Captain Amarinder exhorted them to join the armed forces to uphold the country’s sovereignty and integrity. They could also become role models for the youth to imbibe a spirit of patriotism and nationalism amongst them, he added.
An impressive Guard of Honour led by PAP Group Commander DSP Davinder Singh was held with participation of PAP Band. Several senior retired and serving defence officers attended the function.
Senior Advisor Lt. Gen. (Retd.) TS Shergill, Secretary Defence Services Gurkirat Kirpal Singh, Director Defence Services Brig. Satinder Singh, Vice Chancellor Maharaja Bhupinder Singh Punjab Sports University Lt. Gen JS Cheema (Retd.) and Secretary (Political) to CM Major Amardeep Singh were also present.