President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday applauded the discipline and organisational efficiency that the ex-servicemen carry with them even after leaving active service.
Mukherjee was speaking after inaugurating the first ex-servicemen's rally organised by the Brahmastra Corps of the Army's Eastern Command at the newly-built Nabagram Military Station in Murshidabad district of the state.
He also saluted the "veer naris" (widows of army men), saying while the slain army men's loss would leave a void for ever, the government would continue to take good care of their widows.
The President, who completes his five year term on July 24, expressed happiness at getting this one last chance to meet the jawans, "veer naris" and ex-servicemen of the region as the Head of State.
Mukherjee had inaugurated the Nabagram Military station on October 8, 2016. Built as a model military station, it covers an area of 252 acres.
The President had also laid the foundation stone of the project in 2014.
"I hope Nabagram will not only become a model military station but also bring about all-round development in the area in terms of creation of jobs and infrastructure in the township of Nabagram," he said.
Six "veer naris" and two ex-soldiers who had suffered injuries during military operations were felicitated by the President.
Over two thousand veterans and "veer naris" from Murshidabad and neighbouring areas were present at the event.