Jalandhar, Oct 27 (UNI) Lt Gen SS Kumar, General Officer Commanding Vajra Corps along with other senior officers of Vajra Corps, paid tribute to martyes in a solemn wreath laying ceremony at the War Memorial held by Vajra Corps here today to commence the Infantry Day Celebrations.
Lt Gen SS Kumar, while addressing all ranks on the occasion, said, ''The availability of modern systems for accurate surveillance, precision weapons, communications and decision support systems have changed the concept of operations, enhancing the potential and reach of Infantry.'' ''Infantrymen must therefore, train hard to master these modern tools of warfare and the combined arms concepts to add greater synergy and momentum to operations,'' he added.
The wreaths were also laid by several veterans, including Lt Col Haripal Kaushik of 1 SIKH.
Later in the day, a blood donation camp was organised at the Military Hospital under the aegis of Vajra Corps, in which officers and Jawans voluntarily donated blood.
Sainik Bhoj was also organised for all ranks at their respective unit locations.
Infantry Day celebrations culminated with an Infantry Day social evening at Vajra Officers Institute. It was attended by all serving and retired Infantry officers of the station.
All formations which come under Vajra Corps also celebrated at their respective locations.
October 27 is celebrated as Infantry Day, as it was on this day in 1947 that the first Indian Soldiers (1st Battalion of the Sikh Regiment) landed at Srinagar to defend the country against the onslaught of Pakistan backed raiders.
Infantry units have been successfully conducting Counter Insurgency Operations in Jammu and Kashmir and the North Eastern States since early the 50s.The Indian Infantry man today has become a seasoned soldier in low intensity operations, battling with militants of foreign and Indian origin in the country and on UN missions.