Kerala Agriculture Minister V S Sunilkumar unfurled the tricolour at the Vikram maidan here during the 69th Republic Day celebrations.
He received the salute as 29 contingents from various departments which include the Police, Excise, Fire and Rescue Service, Forest besides NCC, Scouts and those from schools in the city participated in the ceremonial parade.
At the Indian Naval academy at Ezhimala in nearby Kannur district, Vice Admiral S V Bhokare, Commandant of the academy, hoisted the national flag.
He reviewed the parade in which a ceremonial guard, comprising 581 cadets along with 28 platoons, commanded by Midshipman Ravi Pandey participated, an INA release said.
Earlier, wreaths were placed by the Commandant, Deputy Commandant, Principal and Commanding Officer of INS Zamorin and INHS Navjivani at “Prerna Sthal” War Memorial in memory of soldiers who laid down their lives for the nation.
The Commandant urged all personnel of the station to rededicate themselves to the cause of the nation and discharge their duty responsibly and continue to make the Navy and the country proud, the release added.
The Vice Admiral motivated the cadets to work towards overcoming fears and develop superior moral and physical courage during their training at the INA.
He reiterated that every aspiring military leader must possess superior moral courage which will enable him or her to distinguish right from wrong, a release said.
The parade culminated with the marchpast by the platoons. Families and children of personnel of INA also witnessed the parade, it said.