48th Raising Day of Army’s strategic Northern Command, which is fighting terrorism and also guarding the Line of Control (LOC) with Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), was celebrated with Military decorum and solemnity on Monday at Udhampur.

On the occasion, Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, Army Commander, Northern Command, paid homage to the gallant soldiers who made the supreme sacrifice by laying a wreath at the Dhruva Shaheed Smarak.

The Northern Command was raised on 17 June 1972.

Battle-hardened and extremely rich in combat experience, the command has a glorious history covering the entire spectrum of warfare. The Northern Command has been at the forefront of the nation’s effort to counter security challenges posed by terrorism and externally sponsored proxy war in the J&K.

The Northern Command has consistently displayed its professionalism by conducting successful operations along the international borders and in the hinterland.

The Northern Command has time and again provided succour to the civilian population, be it during natural calamities or participating in nation-building activities as part of Sadhbhavana activities for the people.

On the occasion, the Army Commander exhorted all ranks to rededicate themselves to safeguard National integrity and continue to perform their tasks with fortitude, dedication and professionalism. He extended his good wishes to the families and Defence civilian staff of the Command and complimented the troops for their steadfastness, resolve and exemplary devotion to duty.

To mark the occasion, a blood donation camp was also organised earlier on 15 June at the North Star Clinic. The camp saw a large turnout of volunteers donating blood and registering at Blood Bank for future donations.