New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: January 15 is celebrated as the Army Day every year with great zeal to salute the brave soldiers of our country. On this day in 1949, Field Marshal Kodandera M Cariappa took over as the first Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army from General Sir Francis Butcher, the last British Commander-in-Chief of India.

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On Army Day today, the Chief of Defence Staff, General Bipin Rawat, Army Chief General MM Naravane, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria and Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh paid tribute at the National War Memorial in Delhi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind and leaders from across the parties, sports personalities and celebs also tweeted their praise about the Indian Army.

"On Army Day, greetings to the valiant men and women of the Indian Army, to veterans and to their families. You are our nation's pride, the sentinels of our liberty. Your immense sacrifice has secured our sovereignty, brought glory to our nation and protected our people. Jai Hind!" President Ram Nath Kovind said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also saluted the Army on the occasion of Army Day. Taking to Twitter PM Modi said the Army is India's pride and saluted the courage and valour of the soldiers.

"Our Army is known for its valour and professionalism. It is also respected for its humanitarian spirit. Whenever people have needed help, our Army has risen to the occasion and done everything possible! Proud of our Army," he tweeted.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also saluted the Indian Army and shared a photo with the Army personnel on his Twitter handle and wrote, "On Army Day today, I salute all the valiant Indian Army personnel and recall with pride their indomitable spirit, valour and sacrifices in making India a safer place. #ArmyDay2020."

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi also extended wishes on Army Day and tweeted in Hindi, “Wishing all the brave soldiers, ex-servicemen and their families of the Indian Army a very happy Army Day, who sacrificed their lives in defence of the country's borders”.

Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted, "Today is #ArmyDay. On this occasion, I salute our brave soldiers who have dedicated their lives to the service of the nation. Let us also remember the martyrs and give their families the strength to cope with their loss. Jai Hind!"

Quoting Captain R Subramanium, former cricketer and BJP MP Gautam Gambhir tweeted, "You have never lived until you have almost died, And for those who choose to fight, Life has a special flavor, The protected will never know!!!" - Capt R Subramanium.#Armyday".

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