All the three armies of India will participate in the Bastille Day Parade of France

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France celebrates Bastille Day, also known as Fête Nationale Française, on 14 July each year.

An Overview of the News

  • The event commemorates the historic demolition of the Bastille in 1789 during the French Revolution.

  • In 2023, France and India are celebrating 25 years of their strategic partnership.

  • As part of the celebrations, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been invited as the guest of honor at the Bastille Day parade in France.

  • All the three branches of the Indian Armed Forces will participate in the Bastille Day parade along with their French counterparts. This highlights the growing military cooperation between the two countries.

About Bastille Day Parade

  • Captain Aman Jagtap will lead the 77 marching personnel and 38 band members of the Indian Army contingent participating in the Bastille Day Parade.

  • Commander Vrat Baghel will lead the Indian Navy contingent, while Squadron Leader Sindhu Reddy will lead the Indian Air Force contingent.

  • The contingent representing India is from the Punjab Regiment, one of the oldest regiments of the Indian Army.

  • He earned the Battle Honors 'Loose' and 'France and Flanders' when he took part in an offensive near Neuve Chapelle in September 1915. In World War II, he earned 16 battle honors and 14 theater honors.

  • The Rajputana Rifles Regimental Band is accompanied by a contingent of the Punjab Regiment, which is the most senior rifle regiment in the Indian Army. Prior to India's independence, the regiment had received six Victoria Crosses. The regiment's band was established in 1920 at Nasirabad, Rajasthan.

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