18th January marks the 70th Army Day for the Indian armed forces. The day is celebrated in recognition of Field Marshal K M Cariappa‘s taking over as India’s first commander in chief from General Francis Butcher, last British commander in chief.
After the independence, it took almost one year and four months for any Indian officer to take charge of Indian Army. The reins of Indian Army were finally transferred to Cariappa on Jan 15, 1949. Indian Army also pays homage to soldiers who have been killed during their service to the nation.
Indian cricketers too came forward and took to Twitter in order to salute the spirits of the Indian army jawans and the whole of the Indian armed forces.
Here are some tweets:
Thank you to all our brave soldier broters for everything.. I salute you INDIAN ARMY ZINDABAD..INDIAN FOUJI ZINDABAD.HINDUSTAN ZINDABAD. JAI BHARAT???????????????????????????????????????? #ArmyDay @adgpi pic.twitter.com/9LSGVzoR6K— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) January 15, 2018
Saluting our brave soldiers and their families. You battle the harshest weather & terrain and go above & beyond to protect our nation’s borders. Thank you for your service! #ArmyDay #JaiHind pic.twitter.com/R7S9w3sSjB— sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) January 15, 2018
My salute & respect to each & every soldier who puts his today at risk for our tomorrow. They guards the borders & face the enemy to keep us safe and protected at all times. Thank you all. #ArmyDay #JaiHind????????✌️????☝️???? pic.twitter.com/LBziuNU53a— Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) January 15, 2018
Before you paint d town red exactly a month from now on Valentine’s Day, how about doing it in Army Olive Green today on #ArmyDay...Let your armed forces, your country be your Valentine @adgpi #IndianArmy #IndianArmyDay— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) January 15, 2018
Another opportunity to salute the courage and spirit of selfless service of our armed forces personnel, as today is Army Day. We are, because of these brave men. Prayers for their safety and well- being. Jai Hind ! pic.twitter.com/BvTs4pyNC3— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) January 15, 2018
“Our Flag does not fly because the wind moves it, it flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it” Salutations to the Indian Army on #ArmyDay.Their dedication and selfless service towards the country is an inspiration to the world. pic.twitter.com/zkkvtg4C6w— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) January 15, 2018
Quoting Capt. R Subramanium’s priceless words on #ArmyDay “You have never lived until You have almost died, And for those who choose to fight, Life has a special flavor,— R P Singh (@RpSingh99) January 15, 2018
The protected will never know”. #JaiHind #Salute