Mumbai, Thursday, 14 Jan 21: On the occasion of the Veterans Day, on 14 Jan 21, a wreath-laying ceremony was held at the newly created Victory at Sea Monument “Gaurav Stambh” within the Naval Dockyard premises at Mumbai. Vice Admiral Ajit Kumar, the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command laid a wreath at a solemn ceremony to pay tribute those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service of the nation.
Rear Admiral Srinivas Vennam, Flag Officer Commanding, Maharashtra Naval Area, Air Vice Marshal Shiv Ratan Singh, the Air Officer Commanding, HQ Maritime Air Operations, and Major General Raj Sinha, the Chief of Staff of the MG & G Area as also Veterans from the three services laid wreaths on behalf of the respective Services. On completion the FOCinC West interacted with the attendees over tea at the Headquarters of the Western Naval Command.
In addition to the formal ceremony, an e-Rally was organised for the larger Ex-Servicemen community over a virtual platform to effectively reach out to them without violating any covid protocols. Towards this e-kiosks were set up and manned by services representatives to resolve queries and address difficulties being faced by the veterans. 14 Jan also marks the day in 1953, when Field Marshal KM Cariappa, OBE, the first Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army retired from service to become a Veteran.