ITANAGAR, Dec 7: The Armed Forces Flag Day was observed at the Raj Bhavan here on Friday, commemorating the sacrifices and bravery of the soldiers of the armed forces.
The day, which is also known as Flag Day, is observed every year on 7 December, since 1949, to collect funds from people all around the country for the wellbeing of the armed forces.
Governor BD Mishra, who led the employees of the Raj Bhavan in donating to the Flag Day fund, exhorted all to donate generously towards the cause.
“It is a day to remember and recognize the sacrifices and dedicated services rendered by the soldiers,” the governor said.
“The Armed Forces Flag Day also provides us an opportunity to discharge our obligation of looking after the disabled comrades-in-arms, vir naris, and dependents of those who have made the supreme sacrifice for the country,” he said.
The Raj Bhavan’s Armed Forces Flag Day team collected contributions from Home Minister Kumar Waii, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Bamang Felix, and many others on the day.
CM donates to DSWF
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Friday visited the Changlang battalion of the Assam Rifles and attended the Flag Day celebration there.
He contributed Rs 2,09,000 to the Defence Service Welfare Fund (DSWF).
“This day gives us an opportunity to reaffirm our solidarity with the armed forces, and to recognize the services of the ex-servicemen,” the chief minister said.
He called upon the people to contribute voluntarily towards the Flag Day fund, which would be utilized for the rehabilitation of war widows, disabled soldiers and ex-servicemen.
The CM was accompanied by his deputy Chowna Mein, MLAs Phosum Khimhun and Tesam Pongte, Chief Secretary Satya Gopal, DGP SBK Singh, and Changlang DC RK Sharma. (With Raj Bhavan input)