December 7, 2020, marks the 71st anniversary of Armed Forces Flag Day. A day that is observed to honor the martyrs, their families, and the ones who are still fighting on the defence lines.
On a chilly morning of December 7, 1949, a committee was set up by our then Defence Minister Baldev Singh with a singular elementary purpose of creating a fund that aids our soldiers. A purpose that may sound elementary at first, and yet, has had a profound effect on the families of hundreds of thousands of soldiers, sailormen, and airmen of India. Since then, every year, December 7 is observed as Armed Forces Flag Day.
Armed Forces Day: Purpose & Significance:
Armed Forces Flag day gives each and every citizen of our nation the opportunity to pay respects to the brave martyrs of our defence lines. It also gives people the chance to contribute in their own thoughtful way to the brave men that stand on borders in extreme terrains and harrowing weather conditions.
One might remember seeing young students and volunteers distributing small flags that represent the Armed forces in exchange for donations. These donations are added to the Armed Forces Flag Day Fund, which is utilized in the aid of army men on these 3 fronts:
- In financially assisting the army personnel and ex-servicemen
- In the welfare of families of those soldiers who are currently serving, and the assistance of families of the ex-servicemen
- In rehabilitating those soldiers who have suffered battle casualties, and rehabilitation of Disabled Soldiers
The Tweets From the Street:
Prime Minister Mr. Modi also expressed his gratitude & pride to the armed forces, their services, and sacrifice.
Armed Forces Flag Day is a day to express gratitude to our armed forces and their families. India is proud of their heroic service and selfless sacrifice.
Do contribute towards the welfare of our forces. This gesture will help so many of our brave personnel and their families. pic.twitter.com/jqbemkbdRt
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 7, 2020
Indian Airforce marked this day and urged the Twitteratis to contribute and make this day successful.
Since 1949, 07 Dec is observed as the Armed Forces Flag Day to honour our soldiers, sailors and airmen and express gratitude for their service to the Nation. Let’s contribute to the success of this day.#HarKaamDeshKeNaam #AFFD2020 pic.twitter.com/XhxBpcQpk3
— Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) December 7, 2020
Defence Minister, Rajnath Singh saluted the bravery of the Indian Armed Forces.
On the occasion of Armed Forces Flag Day, I salute the valour and service of the Indian Armed Forces.
This day reminds us of our solemn duty to ensure the welfare of Ex-Servicemen, differently-abled soldiers and the families of those who lost their lives defending the nation. pic.twitter.com/Fpp5VAxABt
— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) December 7, 2020
Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman expressed her gratitude towards the armed forces and joined them in solidarity.
India is safe thanks to the immense sacrifice of the armed forces. They stand defending our borders in extreme terrain & in extreme weather conditions.
We mark this day by supporting martyrs’ families. Please join in solidarity with the forces. https://t.co/9s7MwqPzQc
— Nirmala Sitharaman (@nsitharaman) December 7, 2020
Our readers can also contribute towards the Indian Armed Forces and commemorate this day in their own meaningful way.