Every year on January 15, India observes Army Day 2023 to honour the accomplishments of General (later Field Marshal) K.M. Cariappa, the nation’s first Commander in Chief of the Indian Army.
On this date in 1949, General Sir FRR Bucher the final British Commander-in-Chief, handed over command of the Indian Army to Cariappa, who had led Indian forces to victory in the war of 1947. Cariappa then became the first Indian Commander-in-Chief of Independent India. Every year, Army Day is observed in honour of Cariappa and the armed forces.
Previously, Service Chiefs honoured the Indian Army at the Cariappa Parade grounds in Delhi during the main Army Day parade. The Indian Army’s arsenal of diverse weapon systems is on display during the Army Day Parade. On this day, soldiers are also presented with Sena medals and Gallantry awards.
Army Day 2023
The 75th Army Day will be celebrated in Bengaluru this year as part of a campaign to move important events outside of the national capital area.
The purpose of the relocation is to boost these events’ visibility and ensure better participation with the local populace.
General Manoj Pande, the Chief of Army Staff, will place a wreath at the Madras Engineer Center War Memorial before the parade. The Army Day parade will thereafter be reviewed by Gen. Pande. Units will also receive COAS unit accolades for their outstanding achievement.
This year’s Army parade will include up to eight marching contingents, including an Army Service Corps contingent on horses and a military band made up of regimental brass bands. Army aviation Dhruv and Rudra helicopters will perform a flypast in support of the Army Day parade as well.
About 1,000 people participated in a run that was held on Necklace Road in Hyderabad as part of an Army outreach programme to improve ties with civilians. A blood donation camp was also set up, and 7,500 blood units were distributed to Secunderabad and Hyderabad military hospitals.
“In Stride with the Future” was the theme chosen by the Indian Army for the event in 2022. It was viewed as a recognition of the “increasingly critical role played by niche and disruptive technologies in modern warfare”.