As part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav (75 years of Indian Independence), the Armed Forces celebrated various events in Trivandrum and other parts of Kerala.
Indian Army : Under the aegis of Pangode Military Station, a felicitation ceremony was held at Raj Bhawan, Trivandrum, today. Hon’ble Governor of Kerala Shri.Arif Mohammad Khan felicitated the Gallantry Awardees and Veer Naris at Raj Bhavan. Governor felicitated Ex Hav Alby D’Cruz Ashok Chakra, Smt.V.Chellathai, Mother of Late Capt Jerry Premraj Vir Chakra, Smt.K Sudha, W/o Late Nk S Jayaprakash, Vir Chakra, Smt.Geetha Gopakumar W/o Late Maj Gopakumar Raman Pillai Vir Chakra, Mrs.Priyanka Nair W/o Late Lt Col S Anand Shaurya Chakra and Hony Lt K Krishna Kumar Sena Medal. While addressing the gathering, the Hon’ble Governor said that the Forces are here to defend our territorial integrity and armed forces personnel displayed tremendous sense of devotion and sacrifice while doing so.
In the morning hours of Independence Day, A boat race was organized by the Madras Regiment of Indian Army with 75 soldiers and also a formation of numerical figures `75’ with fishing boats at Akkulam Lake, Thiruvananthapuram. Brigadier Kartik Seshadri, Station Commander, Pangode Military Station inaugurated the event at Akkulam Lake.
Indian Coast Guard : Commandant G Sreekumar, Station Commander, Indian Coast Guard Station, Vizhinjam reviewed the Ceremonial Guard at the station. In another event, a team from the ICG station hoisted the national flag off coast Kovalam as part of the Pan India Flag Hoisting Drive launched by Indian Coast Guard. Indian Coast Guard Ship C- 427 and C-441 also hoisted the national flag and dressed overall at Kollam and Vizhinjam respectively.
NCC : Various events were held by different NCC Units under NCC Directorate (Kerala & Lakshadweep) across the state and Lakshadweep Island which includes paying homage to freedom fighter and martyrs, Freedom Run, cleaning drive, Webinar on importance of National Integration in Nation Building, National level Quiz competition, Felicitation ceremony of Veteran Gallantry Awardees/dependents, Patriotic Dance Competition, Blood Donation Camp, other competitions etc.