Baramulla: The ‘SwarnimVijay Varsh Victory Mashaal’, symbolic of 50 years of India’s 1971 War reached Baramulla on 27 June 2021 where it recieved a grand reception. The soldiers who died in the line of duty during 1971 war were paid homage in a solemn wreath laying ceremony at Dagger War Memorial. A variety of cultural programmes were organised to mark the event which included patriotic songs by school children, bhangra, rouf dance & performances by renowned artists followed by felicitation of veer naris and veterans.
On 16th December 2020, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, lighted the ‘Swarnim Vijay Mashaal’ from the hallowed and the eternal flame of National War Memorial that marked the commencement of this Golden Jubilee Year. Four such Mashaals are travelling in the four cardinal directions, reaching the remotest corners of the nation to include villages of our valiant and intrepid warriors who participated in the war. One of these Mashaals entered Kashmir valley on 16 Jun 2021 and reached baramulla on 27th Jun 2021.
The event was attended by prominent civil dignitaries which included prominent public representatives, govt officials, Paramilitary forces, J & K Police and respectable of the area. Taking to reporters Maj Gen Virendra Vats GOC, 19 Inf Div remembered the sacrifices of War veterans, veer naris and Ex Service Men who made this event possible by their benign presence.
After two days of events, the victory flame was passed to Pir Panjal Brigade for its onward journey. The complete event was conducted abiding to strict COVID-19 protocols.