Srinagar: The Badami Bagh Cantt in Srinagar Wednesday epitomised solemnity, gaiety and nostalgia as the Chinar Corps solemnised its centenary celebrations with many of its members from different regions joining in the festivities.
Chinar Corps, over the last 100 years of its history, has undertaken operations and humanitarian activities across the region.
The area covered buy Chinar Corps spreads from the western part of Jammu & Kashmir, Pir Panjal to the Shamshabari Ranges.
Raised during the first World War on 12 January 1916 at Port Said in Egypt, the Corps is celebrating 2016 as the centenary year and has planned various initiatives panning across the Valley.
The events of today commenced with paying rich tributes to the fallen comrades of Chinar Corps. The ceremony was attended by illustrious predecessors who have been part of the Corps and have made significant contribution in its growth. Amongst those present were a number of former Chinar Corps Commanders including Lt Gen Nirbhay Sharma, currently Governor of Mizoram.
Some of the other distinguished guests who graced the occasion were three highest Gallantry award, PVC winners Sub Maj (Hony Capt) Bana Singh, Sub Yogender Yadav and Nb Sub Sanjay Kumar and many other gallantry awardees and their relatives.
A traditional Barakhana followed the wreath laying ceremony where all the guest veterans and their families as also other guests from Civil administration, media fraternity and school children got an opportunity to interact with one another.
The highlight of this function were the impressive air show by Army Aviation, Combat Free fall by the Para troopers, Para motor display and display of Armys special Dog Unit. In addition, Hot Air Ballooning and martial display of Khukhri and Gatka martial art and Bhangra were also the star attractions.
During the event, two Army expeditions of Cycling along the Leh, Nagrota and Uri routes and mountaineering to Mt Harmukh which were undertaken to spread the message of peace, love and harmony were also flagged in to a rapturous applause.
Chinar Corps Commander Lt Gen Satish Dua, during the occasion said that this year is being celebrated as the Centenary year rededicating the Chinar Corps to the State and people of Kashmir.
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