Prime Minister Narendra Modi Congratulates The Nation On The Historic Occasion Of 75th Independence Day From The Ramparts Of The Red Fort
PM hoisted the National Flag and delivered the customary Address to the Nation. For the first time ever, this year as soon as the National Flag was hoisted by the Prime Minister, flower petals showered at the venue by two Mi 17 1V helicopters of the Indian Air Force in Amrut Formation. Captain of the first helicopter was Wing Commander Baldev Singh Bisht. The second chopper is commanded by Wing Commander Nikhil Mehrotra.
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi unfurled the National Flag and congratulated the nation on the historic occasion of 75th Independence Day from the ramparts of the Red Fort in New Delhi on Sunday. He hoisted the National Flag and delivered the customary Address to the Nation. For the first time ever, this year as soon as the National Flag was hoisted by the Prime Minister, flower petals showered at the venue by two Mi 17 1V helicopters of the Indian Air Force in Amrut Formation. Captain of the first helicopter was Wing Commander Baldev Singh Bisht. The second chopper was commanded by Wing Commander Nikhil Mehrotra.
The Nation is celebrating ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’, marking the 75th year of Independence from the foreign rule. The whole country has been gripped by patriotic fervour. A series of events are being organized across the country by different ministries of the Government of India, various state governments & Union Territories, the Armed Forces and the general public alike to mark this momentous occasion. It may be recalled that the Prime Minister had launched ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ from Sabarmati Ashram at Ahmedabad in Gujarat in March 2021 to celebrate 75 years of India’s Independence. The celebrations will continue till August 15, 2023.
Upon the arrival of the Prime Minister at the Red Fort, he was received by Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh, Raksha Rajya Mantri Ajay Bhatt and Defence Secretary Dr. Ajay Kumar. The Defence Secretary introduced the General Officer Commanding (GoC), Delhi Area, Lieutenant General Vijay Kumar Mishra, AVSM, to the Prime Minister. The GoC Delhi Area then conducts Narendra Modi to the Saluting Base where a combined Inter-Services and Delhi Police Guard presented a general salute to the Prime Minister. Thereafter, the Prime Minister inspected the Guard of Honour.
The Guard of Honour contingent for the Prime Minister was consist of one officer and 20 men each from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Delhi Police. Indian Navy is the coordinating service this year. The Guard of Honour was commanded by Commander Piyush Gaur. The Naval Contingent in the Prime Minister’s Guard was commanded by Lt Commander SunePhogat, the Army Contingent by Major Vikas Sangwan and the Air Force contingent by Sqn Ldr A Berwal. The Delhi Police contingent was commanded by Additional DCP (West District) Shri Subodh Kumar Goswami.
After inspecting the Guard of Honour, Prime Minister Narendra Modi proceed to the ramparts of the Red Fort where he was greeted by Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh, Raksha Rajya Mantri Ajay Bhatt, Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, Chief of Army Staff General M M Naravane, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh and Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal R K S Bhadauria. The GoC Delhi area conducted the Prime Minister to the dais on the rampart to hoist the National Flag.
After being hoisted, the Tricolour received a ‘Rashtriya Salute’. The Navy Band, consisting of 16 men played the National Anthem during the hoisting of the National Flag and the ‘Rashritya Salute’. The Band was conducted by MCPO Vincent Johnson.
Lt Commander P Priyambada Sahoo assisted the Prime Minister in hoisting the National Flag..The National Flag Guard comprising five officers and 130 men from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Delhi Police presented Rashtriya Salute at the time of hoisting of the National Flag by the Prime Minister. Commander Kuldeep M Neralkar from the Indian Navy was in command of this Inter-Services Guard and Police Guard.
Olympic medal winners javelin thrower Subedar Neeraj Chopra, India’s first-ever Gold Medallist in track and field, along with two Sports Authority of India (SAI) officials was invited to participate in the celebrations at the Red Fort. Around 240 Olympians, support staff and SAI &sports federation officials have graced the Gyan Path in front of the Ramparts. In Tokyo.
To honour the Corona warriors who played a vital role in fighting the invisible enemy, COVID-19, a separate block on the Southside of the Rampart has been created. After the showering of flower petals, Prime Minister addressed the Nation.