On this day, the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force prepare a variety of shows and carnivals Credit: File image

On December 7, India celebrates Armed Forces Flag Day to mark and honour the sacrifice of soldiers.

The day is also dedicated to collecting funds for the welfare of Indian Armed Forces personnel. The donation that is received on the day is set aside for the soldiers in the armed forces who have received severe injuries in the battlefield, the widowed wives of those army men who were martyred and their children.

Armed Forces Flag Day: History

The decision to celebrate the Armed Forces Flag Day was taken in August 1949 and the same year, the first Armed Forces Flag Day was celebrated on December 7.

This happened early after India’s independence because the government wanted to ensure the welfare of armed forces personnel.

Reportedly, the first Prime Minister of the country, Jawaharlal Nehru in 1954 had also urged the people to contribute to the Flag Day fund as a way to show their appreciation to the young soldiers who serve the country.

The appearance of the flag is similar to that of the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence. The colour scheme is commonly used in British aligned countries such as Nigeria and India.

Armed Forces Flag Day: Significance

There are three main objectives that the Armed Forces Flag Day serves. They are: the welfare of serving military personnel and their family, the rehabilitation of those who have been injured during a battle, and resettlement of ex-servicemen and their families.

On this day, the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force prepare a variety of shows and carnivals. Red, deep blue and light blue coloured car flags and small flags are distributed in return for a donation.

Armed Forces Flag Day highlights the idea that the people of the country are responsible for taking care of the armed forces personnel of the country and their families.

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