Rahi Kapoor, Jammu : 13 Apr 19, Rajouri Day is celebrated on 13th April every year to commemorate the bravery and valour of the gallant soldiers and bravehearts of Rajouri District who laid down their lives for the liberation of Rajouri from rebels and Pakistan Army personnel who had infiltrated from across the border. This year again, the White Knight Corps celebrated the historic spectacle with characteristic gaiety and fervor. The celebrations were kick started by GOC, Ace of Spades division on 10th April 2019 by felicitating the Next of Kin of the martyred soldiers as a part of the noble initiative to dedicate this year’s Rajouri Day as the ‘Year of Next of Kin’ to honor the supreme sacrifice made by their loved ones for Rajouri’s liberation.

The celebrations continued for second day on 12th April 2019 wherein a conclave of Sarpanches presided over by the GOC, Ace of Spades Division was conducted during which GOC discussed various issues including upliftment of rural areas and sustainable development with 150 Sarpanches and 134 Ex Servicemen who were present on the occasion. The day had plethora of other events lined up including Assistance Booths for the Ex-Servicemen, Medical Camp, Artificial Limb Centre, a Photo Exhibition by the renowned photographer Maharajkar Singh Isher and much more, leaving the audience impressed and mesmerised.

The events saw a patriotic fervor on 13th April 2019 which commenced with paying homage to the martyrs and the brave citizens of Rajouri who had laid down their lives for liberation of Rajouri from Pakistani raiders in the year 1948 through a Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Gujjar Mandi Chowk Memorial. Lt Gen Paramjit Singh, General Officer Commanding, White Knight Corps and Advisor to Governor, Shri Kewal Kumar Sharma paid tributes to the Heroes of Rajouri and were joined by other esteemed civil and military dignitaries who were present to grace the occasion. Thereafter, Chief Guest for the Rajouri Day Celebrations 2019 flagged off the events for the day by releasing of balloons. This was followed by interaction and felicitation of Next of Kin of Martyred Soldiers, Veer Naris and Ex-Servicemen by the Chief Guest. The day’s events also included display of bike daredevilry by the Shwet Ashva Team of the Army, Equestrian show and Dog Show by local Army Units as well as a magnificent display of heroics and adventure by the Para Motors team.

This was followed by the cultural programme which consisted of a colourful display of ethnic kaleidoscope of the region by the local artists and children of various schools. Spectacular performances by budding young children were appreciated by the crowds with loud cheers and the clapping which kept on going endlessly. Apart from these, splendid performances by the renowned and reputed Police and BSF Bands kept the audience captivated with the melodious harmony of various musical instruments and flawless moves. Felicitation of the participants by the Chief Guest concluded the three-day long historical event which will be etched in the memories of the natives of for a time.

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