July 16: Meghalaya commemorates its WW1 heroes on Garo Labour Corps Day
Meghalaya observed 95th Garo Labour Corps Day on July 16, 2014. The State remembered and saluted the heroes of World War I. It paid homage to the 500 Garo men, who were recruited by British 96 years ago in 1917 in the 69th Garo Labour Corps. They were sent to France to help the Allied forces in the War.
These recruits made roads and carried goods during the war at different places in France i.e. Puisieux, Bucquoy, La Chapellette, Brusle and others.
Garo Labour Corps Day is observed on July 16, because it was on this day the Garo men returned to India at Tura in Meghalaya from Mersailles in France.