After IAF, Army now shifts its annual parade outside Delhi-NCR | India News


NEW DELHI: After the IAF Day fly-past, the annual Army Day parade on January 15 is also being shifted out of Delhi in keeping with the Modi government’s directive to take major events out of the national capital region (NCR) to different parts of the country.
The Army Day parade on January 15next year will be held in the area of responsibility of the Southern Command, which has its headquarters in Pune. “The exact location of the parade in 2023 is yet to be finalized,” a source said on Monday.
The cities under the Army’s Southern Command range from Bengaluru, Thiruvananthapuram, Secunderabad and Hyderabad to Pune, Jhansi, Bhopal and Ahmedabad.
After the 2023 parade, it is likely to be shifted to some other location in 2024. The shift will pose logistical problems because the soldiers from different regiments as well as the tanks, missiles, howitzers and other weapon systems that are part of the annual January 15 parade in Delhi Cantonment also participate in the subsequent Republic Day parade on January 26.
January 15 is celebrated as the Army Day every year to commemorate the day when General (later Field Marshal) K M Carriappa took over the command of the force from General Sir FRR Bucher, the last British Commander-in-Chief in 1949.
This comes after the annual Air Force Day flypast and parade on October 8 will be held in Chandigarh this year, instead of the traditional Hindon airbase on the outskirts of Delhi. While the parade will be at the Chandigarh Air Force station in the morning, the fly-past of fighters, aircraft and helicopters will be conducted over the famous Sukhna Lake in the afternoon. IAF was officially raised on October 8, 1932, with its first aircraft flight coming into being in April 1933 with six Royal Air Force-trained officers and 19 Havai Sepoys (air soldiers).


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