Gangtok, 12 Sept:
Indian Army commemorated the 52nd anniversary of the Nathu La skirmish at Sherathang War Memorial, near Nathu La on 11 Sept, 2019, a press release informs. GOC of the Division laid wreath and paid tribute to honour the martyrs and remembered their sacrifice for the sovereignty and integrity of the nation.
This year, celebrations were made even more special by the presence of veterans of 1967 skirmish and their family members. Brigadier NC Gupta, Sena Medal, Lieutenant Colonel Attar Singh and Major KV Chandra Sekhar who had taken part in the operations laid wreaths in memory of their fallen comrades.
The ceremony was also attended by the presence of nephew and two grandsons of Late Captain, PS Dagar, Vir Chakra, one of the heroes of the Nathu La skirmish. The veterans interacted with the soldiers and narrated the heroism of troops tasked to protect the motherland which was very inspiring to each and everyone present in the ceremony.
The Nathu La skirmish was one of the finest hours of the Indian Army wherein our troops stood firm and resolute against the unprovoked belligerence by the adversary, the release states.
“The courage and fortitude displayed by own soldiers showed to the nation and world that Indian Army would never waiver from its solemn duty of protecting our motherland. The “Tri colour” continues to flutter with pride, determination and sacrifice of our soldiers at Nathu La and our nation shall always remain grateful to them,” the release further mentions.