Armed Forces Flag Day: Why We Celebrate And How we Can Contribute


December 7 is celebrated as Armed Forces Flag Day in India, ever since an immediate need was felt after independence, to manage the welfare of the country’s defence personnel – the Army, the Navy and the Air Force. A committee was set up under the defence minister on August 28, 1949, where it was decided to observe a Flag Day annually on December 7.

In an attempt to honour the martyrs as well as men and women in uniform, the day is celebrated to act as a reminder of our obligation towards the veterans, disabled soldiers, war widows and dependents of those who have laid down their lives for the safety, honour and integrity of the motherland. These are the people who valiantly hold down the fort for us and safeguard the country’s honour, bearing the extremities at the borders.

Every year, on this day, small flags and car flags, in red, deep blue and light blue colours representing the three Services, are distributed to the general population in return for donations. Read More

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