Indian Armed Forces Current Affairs - 2020

January 14: Armed Forces Veterans Day

Every year, Armed Forces Veterans Day is celebrated on January 14. The day is being celebrated since 2017. The day was initially called Armistice Day.

Background

The Day began its journey as Armistice Day in order to reflect upon heroism of those who died in country’s service. Armistice Day is celebrated on November 11 all over the world. The first Armistice Day was celebrated on November 11, 1919 marking the anniversary of the end of World War I and celebrating the brave soldiers who were part of World War I. However, in India the day was first marked through a resolution passed by the Congress in 1926.

Why November 11?

The Armistice Day was commemorated on November 11 to mark the armistice that was signed between Allies of World war I and Germany.

Veterans Day

In 1954, the Armistice Day was changed to Veterans Day to honour the living legends of all wars. Unlike Memorial Day, on armistice day, the world pays tribute to living veterans who were part of the war.

Armed Forces Veterans Day

The Armed Forces Veterans Day is celebrated from 2017. The fourth Army Forces Veteran Day, 2020 is to be celebrated at National War Memorial. Chief of Army, Chief of Navy and Chief of Air Force will be present in the function.

Why January 14?

Every year, January 14 is marked as Armed Forces Veteran Day as the Field Marshal KM Cariappa, the first Commander-in-chief of Indian Armed Forces retired on the day.

December 7: Army Forces Flag Day

Every Year India dedicates December 7 to the Armed Forces Flag Day. The day is dedicated towards fund collection from people of India for the welfare of Indian Armed Forces. The day is being observed annually since 1949.

Significance

The main purpose of the observation is rehabilitation of battle casualties, resettlement and welfare of ex-servicemen and their families and welfare of sering personnel and their families. The day commemorates fund collection through distribution of flags. It also acknowledges those who died in serving the country.

Highlights

On the Flag day, all the three forces of the India arrange carnivals, shows and dramas to show the public about their efforts to ensure national security. On the flag day, car flags, small flags in deep blue, red and light blue colors representing the three services are distributed in return for donations.

History

As India gained independence a need arose to manage the welfare of the defense personnel. In 1949, a committee was set up to observe Flag Day annually on December 7. The day gains its importance as it considers that it is the responsibility of every citizen to take care of the families and dependents of armed forces personnel.