Kargil War anniversary: Rajnath Singh lights Victory Flame from National War Memorial
Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday lighted the 'Victory Flame' from National War Memorial. The 'Victory Flame' would traverse through 11 towns and cities to finally culminate at Drass town in Kargil sector, Jammu and Kashmir.
In Drass, the flame will be merged with the eternal flame at the 'Kargil War Memorial'. Speaking at the National War Memorial, Rajnath Singh said, "I pay hearty tribute to our soldier who gave their life for our country. I also pay respect to the family members of those soldiers."
#WATCH: Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh lights the Victory Flame' from National War Memorial in Delhi, which would traverse through 11 towns and cities to finally culminate at Drass where the flame will be merged with the eternal flame at the Kargil War Memorial'. pic.twitter.com/LtsIMsB5QaANI (@ANI) July 14, 2019
The Drass War Memorial in Jammu and Kashmir's Ladakh region recently underwent a major facelift ahead of the 20th-anniversary celebration of the 'Kargil Vijay Diwas' in the last week of July.
July 26 is observed as 'Kargil Vijay Diwas' to commemorate the victory in this conflict, but its 20th-anniversary celebration would be spread over three days from July 25 to July 27. The 20th anniversary of victory in Operation Vijay is being celebrated with the theme 'Remember, Rejoice and Renew'.
The Defence Ministry had earlier said the 20th anniversary of the Kargil Vijay Diwas will be celebrated in Delhi and Drass from July 25 to 27, with numerous activities planned all over the country from the first week of July leading to the buildup of the event.
Built by the Indian Army to commemorate the memory of the 1999 Kargil war martyrs, the memorial is located across the Tiger Hill about six km from Dras, the coldest inhabited place in India and the second coldest in the world after Siberia.
The Kargil war was triggered between India and Pakistan in May-June 1999 after the Pakistani Army was found to have intruded into Indian territory across the LoC and occupying various strategic peaks including Tololing Heights, Tiger Hill and Point 4875 (Batra Top), overlooking the Srinagar-Leh national highway and targeting traffic on it.