For the first time, the Army Day parade, which used to take place in Delhi, was moved out of the national capital and took place in Bengaluru at Parade Ground, MEG & Centre.
The 75th Army Day will be a first-of-its-kind event, taking place outside Delhi ever since the celebrations started in 1949.
On Army Day, I convey my best wishes to all army personnel, veterans and their families. Every Indian is proud of our Army and will always be grateful to our soldiers. They have always kept our nation safe and are widely admired for their service during times of crisis. pic.twitter.com/EJvbkb9bmD— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 15, 2023
Army chief General Manoj Pande will review the parade and present gallantry awards, which will be followed by a daring motorcycle display by the Army Service Corps (ASC) Tornadoes, a skydiving display by the Paratroopers, daredevil jumps, and a fly past by of helicopters of the Army Aviation Corps.
The Army Day is celebrated every year on January 15 to commemorate the occasion when General (Later Field Marshal) KM Carriappa took over the command of the Indian Army in 1949 from General Sir Francis Robert Roy Bucher, the last British Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army, and became first Indian as the army chief.
The parade would be held at various field commands in India to facilitate a deeper connection with the society, the Station Commander of the Southern Command said.
This year, the celebrations are taking place under the supervision of Southern Command, which is headquartered in Pune.
Before 2023, the Army Day parade used to take place at the Cariappa Parade Ground in the Delhi Cantonment.