The 18th anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas was celebrated across India on 26 July 2017. The day is commemorated every year to mark the success of Operation Vijay and to remember the supreme sacrifice of the brave Indian soldiers who lost their lives during the 1999 India-Pakistan Kargil War.
The Defence Minister of India, Arun Jaitley along with the three Chiefs of Services honoured the martyrs with floral tributes at Amar Jawan Jyoti, India Gate in New Delhi. Kargil Prakram Rally was also organised at India Gate in the week preceding the day to recall the valour of the brave soldiers who courageously fought to protect the territorial integrity of India.
Similarly, various programmes were held at the Dras War Memorial in Jammu and Kashmir to commemorate the historic win and to honour those who lost their lives. The memorial was fully lit on the eve of the day.
The army too paid homage to the martyrs through events held in all stations across the seven states under the area of responsibility of the Central Command of the Indian Army.
These functions were followed by felicitation of participants of Kargil War, ‘veer naris’, parents of the martyrs, veterans and widows.
• Kargil Vijay Diwas is celebrated on 26 July every year to commemorate India’s victory in the 1999 Kargil War against Pakistan.
• The war had started with the reports that intruders from Pakistan had come deep inside Indian Territory in strategic positions that overlooked the only road link between Srinagar and Leh.
• On this day in 1999, the Indian Army successfully took back control of posts stationed at strategic positions, at a treacherous high altitude and glaciated terrain across the Himalayas in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, after fighting for 60 days.
• More than 500 soldiers from Indian Armed Forces sacrificed their lives during the war.
• The war heroes were felicitated with four Param Vir Chakras (India's highest military decoration), nine Maha Vir Chakras, 53 Vir Chakras among other medals.
Key facts of Kargil War
3 May: Infiltrators from Pakistan enter India under Operation Badr with the aim to sever the link between Kashmir and Ladakh and cause Indian forces to withdraw from the Siachen Glacier.
25 May: Indian Air Force launches Operation Safed Sagar with instructions to not cross the Line of Control.
26 May: Operation Vijay launched mobilizing almost 200000 troops.
30 May: Indian Navy launches Operation Talwar, sending submarines on patrols close to Karachi harbour
4 July: Indian forces capture Tiger Hill along with Point 4590 (the nearest point with a full view of the Srinagar-Leh highway) and Point 5353 (the highest peak in the Dras Sector).
14 July: Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee declares Operation Vijay a success.
26 July: Indian Army announces complete eviction of Pakistani intruders. Over 520 soldiers were killed in the entire Kargil war.
When: 26 July 2017
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