Chandigarh, Jan 30 (UNI) People of the region today gathered at the Chandigarh War Memorial and joined the Nation in paying their homage to the martyrs who sacrificed their lives for protecting the unity and integrity of the country.
Punjab Governor and Chandigarh Administrator Gen (Retd) S F Rodrigues and his wife Ms Jean Rodrigues alongwith Western Command Goc-in-C Lt Gen T K Sapru laid wreaths on the Memorial.
On the occasion the armed forces contingent sounded the last post and reversed arms, as a mark of respect to the martyrs. After the wreath laying ceremony, a two-minute silence in memory of the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi and other martyrs was observed at 1100 hrs.
In his message on the occasion, General Rodrigues said that the Martyrs' Day reminds us of the need to keep national interests above self and to work for strengthening the forces of peace and harmony.
He said that the world owes a great debt to Mahatma Gandhi, who led the nation's freedom movement, following a peaceful and non-violent path.
The world has recognised his philosophy and the United Nations has declared his birth anniversary as the 'International Day of Non-violence' and it is being observed throughout the world.
"Gandhi ji's message has a great relevance for all time but especially these days, when fissiparous tendencies are posing a great threat to the sovereignty and integrity of our country." "The real tribute to Mahatama Gandhi Ji and other martyrs will be to renew our pledge and work for creating the India of their dreams--a strong and vibrant nation with social equality, peace, harmony and free from the evils of untouchability and intoxicants," he added.
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