26 July: Kargil Vijay Diwas
The 16th anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas observed across the nation on 26 July 2015. On this day in 1999 Indian Army defeated Pakistan Army in the Kargil War.
The observance of the day in 2015 was marked with paying tribute to Kargil War heroes by laying a wreath at Amar Jawan Jyoti in Delhi by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and three service chiefs - Army chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha and Navy chief Admiral RK Dhowan.
Besides, Army personnel also paid tribute to the war heroes at Dras War Memorial, Kargil district in Jammu and Kashmir.
The 73-day Kargil War fought during May – July 1999 between India and Pakistan saw Indian forces come out victorious against the intruders and taking back all the occupied strategic positions in Kargil and Dras sector.
The conclusion of the war saw claiming of 500 officer and soldiers of whom four, viz., Captain Vikram Batra (posthumous) Lt. Manoj Kumar Pandey (posthumous), Rifleman Sanjay Kumar and Grenadier Yogendra Singh Yadav were awarded Param Vir Chakra, the highest gallantry award of India.
The war was also called Operation Vijay, which was the name of the Indian operation that cleared the Kargil sector.
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