New Delhi: In a first, people gathered on Saturday at National Police Memorial here to pay the first musical tribute to the over 36,000 police and paramilitary personnel who laid down their lives in the line of duty to safeguard the internal security of the country.
Neatly dressed brass and pipe bands, troops dressed in ceremonial regalia and caparisoned camels of the country’s largest border guarding force BSF lined up to deliver a befitting and the first band display and retreat ceremony to pay homage to the fallen trooper in ‘khaki’ and its various camouflage uniforms donned by these men and women.
Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju, while officiating as the chief guest at the maiden event, called it a “historic day” to honour the martyred men and women of the central and state police forces as he said that these brave hearts should never be forgotten.
The ceremony, that started with the national anthem, saw Border Security Force bands playing patriotic tunes as part of the musical tribute and they followed it up with martial music to the delight of the top brass of central police forces and few of those from the general public.
Band songs like ‘ye desh hai veer jawano ka…’, ‘mere desh ki dharti…’ and ‘kadam kadam badhaye ja…’ filled the atmosphere at the memorial, located in central Delhi’s Chanakyapuri, with an air of patriotism and solemn proud for lakhs of these men and women who not only guard India’s borders but also protect the hinterland, day and night.
The hour-long event came to an end with the bringing down of the national flag in the iconic military retreat fashion even as a number of people paid their tributes and salutes to the large memorial built in the memory of the fallen troops. Senior officials from paramilitary forces, Home Ministry and the Intelligence Bureau (IB) paid floral tributes at the memorial before the retreat ceremony began.
The ceremony will be held every Saturday evening, starting at 5 pm in winters, and is open for the public. PTI
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