“Our flag doesn’t fly because of the wind, but it flies with the breath of each solider”
There cannot be a nobler cause than laying down one’s life for the country. At the same time, our admiration for the martyrs should not mean that we have little time for the living heroes who sacrificed their life while doing their duty towards their motherland or their widows and children whom they left behind to fend for themselves. The nation always remember those brave warriors who never let it to defame or bow before its enemies.
Opinion | FOR GOD’S SAKE, HOLD THY TONGUE
If the citizens of the country are living peacefully enjoying life with full of blossoms, it is because our armed forces are safeguarding our sacred motherland by not caring of their own lives to fulfil the promise of protecting it from evils. Armed Forces Flag Day is observed to honour the martyrs and the men in uniform who valiantly fought on India’s borders. Armed Forces Flag Day is observed on 7th December since the year 1949. This day is observed to honour the martyrs and the men in uniform who valiantly fought on India’s borders. Many brave and gallant heroes from the Armed forces have laid down their lives in the service of the country. Flag Day brings to the forefront the obligation of looking after disabled comrades-in-arms, widows and dependents of those who have sacrificed their lives for the country. During the course of achieving victories, in the various wars the nation has fought and in combating the ongoing cross-border terrorism and insurgency, our Armed Forces have lost and continue to lose valuable lives as well as leaving quite a few disabled.
The trauma that the family suffers on demise of the head of the family is hard to fathom. Those of our men who are disabled require care and rehabilitation so that they do not become a burden on their family and can instead lead a life of dignity. Furthermore, there are Ex- servicemen who suffer from serious diseases such as Cancer, Heart ailments and Joint Replacement etc. and who cannot afford the high cost of treatment. Hence, they too need our care and support. The requirement of keeping our Armed Forces young necessitates the release of our service personnel at 35-40 years of age when they are still young, physically fit and have qualities of discipline, drive and leadership. Every year about 60000 Defence personnel are compulsorily retired. Caring for these ex-soldiers and their families is therefore a national responsibility. It was on 28th August 28, 1949 that a committee was set up under the then Defence Minister of India decided to observe a Flag Day annually on 7th December. The idea behind observing a Flag Day was to distribute small flags to the general population and in return to collect donations. Flag Day gains more significance as it considers that it is the responsibility of the civilian population of India to take care of the families and dependents of the armed forces personnel who fight for the country.
SIGNIFICANCE OF ARMED FORCES FLAG DAY:
Armed Forces Flag Day in India is celebrated annually in remembrance of the sacrifices of the personnel of Army, Air Force and Navy towards the nation. This event is arranged to place the common public active participation and support all over the country for the below-mentioned purposes:
To provide the availability of the rehabilitation to the families of war victims.
To take action on the welfare of the serving personnel and their families.
To assist in the resettlement and welfare of the ex-servicemen and their families.
At the time of the celebration of this event, the general public and volunteer collects donations by selling the coupon flags, stickers, and other items all over India. This helps to raise the fund collection from the common citizens in many ways. These funds are used for the welfare of the staff of the Indian Armed Forces. The significance of the Day is brought home through electronic and print media. In some places, Armed Forces formations and units also arrange variety shows, carnivals, dramas and other entertainment programmes. Token Flags and Car Stickers in red, deep blue and light colours, representing the three Services are distributed to the public throughout the country by the KendrIya Sainik Board. The staff of the armed forces celebrate Flag Day by arranging various traditional and cultural programs, dramas, festivals, and other entertainment activities to show in front of the general public of the nation about their safety. The Indian Military personnel participate in dispensing the Indian tricolour flags or vehicle flags (red, dark blue, light blue denoting the three divisions of Indian Army) across the nation. The brave and adventurous military displays to the common people that how they have faced the encounter during battle and sacrificed their lives to safeguard and protect the lives of the nation. The main aim of armed forces Flag Day is to raise funds and to show unity with the families of martyrs of. Armed forces. In 1949, the Armed Forces Flag Day Fund was established by the committee of Defence Minister. All the associated welfare funds such as funds for war victims, Kendriya Sainik Board Fund, ex-servicemen’s welfare fund, and other units, were united to make a single Armed Forces Flag Day fund in the year 1993 by the Defence Ministry of India. The fund collection is managed by the local arms of the Kendriya Sainik Board in India, which is a part of the Ministry of Defence. It is controlled by the managing committee and monitored by both the official and non-official voluntary organizations.
If we are safe, it is because of the armed forces who are guarding us 24*7 hours from evils. We also owe them to care for them. Government measures at the Centre and the State level alone are inadequate to provide support to the disabled, non-pensioner, old and infirm ESM, their families, war widows and orphaned children. It, therefore, becomes the collective responsibility of each citizen to make his/her unstinted and voluntary contribution towards providing care, support, rehabilitation and financial help to them.