Armed Forces Veterans’ Day Commemorated at Kochi
On the occasion of the Armed Force Veterans' Day, a wreath laying ceremony was conducted at the War Memorial, INS Venduruthy, on 14 January 2020. Commodore N A J Joseph, VSM, Commanding Officer, INS Venduruthy and the Station Commander, Kochi laid a wreath at the War Memorial inside naval base, Kochi on behalf of the Southern Naval Command. Ex Servicemen from the Army, Air Force and Navy who have settled down at Kochi, post retirement, also laid wreaths on the occasion. Vice Admiral MP Muralidharan (Retd), the present President of the Navy Foundation, Kochi Charter, was the senior-most veteran present. Following the wreath laying, serving and retired personnel held a brief interaction.
A total of 70 personnel attended the event, which served to remind both serving and retired personnel of the supreme sacrifice made by their brothers in arms towards the defence of our nation.
The Armed Forces Veterans' Day is held on the 14th of January every year to commemorate the selfless devotion and sacrifice of our veterans, many of whom laid down their lives in service of the nation and also to salute the indomitable spirit of those personnel who served the Indian Armed Forces with pride and honour. The event also serves to strengthen the bond between serving personnel and the veterans.