New Delhi: The nation is celebrating it’s 73rd Republic Day. The parade started half-an-hour later than the usual for better visibility. Ahead of the event, PM Modi paid tribute to India’s fallen soldiers at the National War Memorial.
The parade started after the tricolour was unfurled with a 21-gun salute. The winners of the country’s highest gallantry awards, Param Vir Chakra and Ashok Chakra, led the contingents in saluting the President, the Supreme Commander of armed forces.
The event starts with four Mi-17V5 helicopters of the 155 helicopter unit flying in a wineglass formation at Republic Day parade.
The first contingent is of the 61 Cavalry, showcasing the only serving active Horse Cavalry Regiment in the world.
Then India showcased it’s military might at the Republic Day parade. Detachments of Centurion Tank, PT-76, MBT Arjun MK-I, and APC Topaz participate in the Republic Day parade at the Rajpath in Delhi.
75/24 Pack Howitzer MK-I indigenously developed gun system in front of the saluting dais during Republic Day parade at Rajpath.
The Assam Regiment contingent marched down the Rajpath on Republic Day. This contingent comprises troops from all seven North Eastern States. It has been a three-time winner of Republic Day Parade.
The contingent of J&K Light Infantry (JAK LI), led by Maj Ritesh Tiwari of 5th Battalion of JAK LI, marches down the Rajpath. The contingent is attired in the Indian Army Uniform of 1970s and carrying weapon 7.62mm SLR.
Indian Navy Shows it’s participation. The tableau is designed with an aim to showcase the multi-dimensional capabilities of the Navy as well as highlight key inductions under ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’. ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ also finds a spl mention.
Indian Air Force tableau displays the theme ‘Indian Air Force Transforming for the future’. It showcases scaled-down models of MiG-21, Gnat, Light Combat Helicopter (LCH), Aslesha radar and Rafale aircraft.
The contingents are followed by tableaux of 12 States/Union Territories and nine Ministries/Departments, which have been prepared on various themes under ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’.
BSF’s camel-mounted band contingent parades on Rajpath
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