Armed Forces Flag Day, to celebrate on 7 Dec

Armed Forces Flag Day, to celebrate on 7 Dec”

The occasion of Armed Forces Flag Day or the Flag Day of India is an opportunity for the country to contribute towards the welfare of the Armed Forces personnel. The day is being observed every year to collect funds for the welfare of Armed forces personnel. A committee was set up on August 28, 1949 which decided a Flag Day will be observed on December 7.

After independence, the government chose to set up a welfare fund for the benefit of defence personnel.

It was decided that small flags would be distributed to general public across the country and funds would be collected which would be utilised for the welfare of defence personnel and their families. To mark the event, PM Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind met the officers of the Kendriya Sainik Board in Delhi.

"On this Flag Day, let us strive to help the families of our courageous soldiers who attained martyrdom in the defence and honour of the motherland", he said.

This year, from December 1 to 7, a wide digital campaign was spread across Twitter, Facebook and other social networking websites, encouraging people to wear the armed forces flag with pride to show their support and express solidarity with the military. Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh also urged people to come forward with voluntary donations and said the money would be used for the rehabilitation of war widows, disabled defence personnel and ex-servicemen.

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