Armed Forces Flag Day celebrated in India

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Armed Forces Flag Day celebrated in India

The Armed Forces Flag Day is observed on 7th of December every year to honour the martyrs and the Armed Forces personnel who safeguard the motherland. 

Important facts

  • The day is dedicated towards collection of funds from people for the welfare of the Armed Forces personnel.

  • The fund collected on this day is also used for the welfare of the serving personnel and ex-servicemen.

  • The day also pays tribute to the thousands of men who have died defending the country.

  • This day is observed to honour Indian soldiers, sailors, and pilots.

  • The day also reminds the citizens to care for the living heroes who were either wounded in action or retired from service at a fairly young age.

Background of the day

  • The Defense Minister's Committee on August 28, 1949, created the Armed Forces Flag Day Fund.

  • Hence, a committee was set up on August 28, 1949 that decided a Flag Day shall be celebrated annually on December 7. 

  • The reason it was called a flag day was because small flags were distributed across the country among the general population which served two purposes – collection of welfare funds and creating a sense of camaraderie and harmony between the Army and citizens.

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