Armed Forces Flag Day and Significance
The 7th December is observed throughout the country as Armed Forces Flag Day to honor the men in uniform who valiantly defended the country’s honor while fighting on our borders. Nothing is more admirable than offering oneself for the nation.
It is, therefore, not surprising that this momentous day in our national calendar has been dedicated to the armed forces.
At the same time, our respect for the martyrs should not mean that we have no time for the living heroes injured in the line of duty towards their country or their widows and children left behind to look after themselves.
It is, therefore, necessary that all of us, especially the media, remember these heroes every day and not just on Armed Forces Flag Day.
The least we can do for them is to ensure that they are given their dues while serving in the military; they must be made aware of their rights, and any violation of human rights by the authorities has to be brought to their notice.
It is heartening that the media is increasingly focusing on this issue, but it is also becoming clear that the job is far from complete. And the responsibility of ensuring that these rights are not denied falls squarely on the shoulders of the media.
Our nation’s Armed Forces have suffered many losses during various wars and in the fight against cross-border terrorism and insurgency, including the loss of lives and the disability of many.
It is essential to emphasize this issue to create awareness among both serving and retired military personnel about their right to basic facilities and because there have been instances in which people who served with distinction were denied benefits given by the government in the form of land for rehabilitation, treatment at veterans hospitals and other welfare benefits.
It is difficult to fathom the trauma endured by a family when the head of the family passes away. We need to provide care and rehabilitation to our disabled men so that they do not become a burden on their families and can instead lead a life of dignity.
There are also Ex-servicemen suffering from serious illnesses, such as cancer, heart ailments, and joint replacements, who cannot afford the high treatment costs. Hence, they, too, require our care and support.
It is time we recognized and appreciated our soldiers, both serving and retired. It is also important to remember that not all soldiers are heroes, but all wear the uniform for India’s honor and pride.
Our Armed Forces do an excellent job in ensuring security for us daily, but they need our support in return.
The Armed Forces Flag Day is an excellent opportunity to spread the message that we must work towards giving our soldiers their due.
In this regard, all of us must also ensure that when serving or retired personnel seek their rights from the government, they are given a fair chance, and justice is delivered speedily.
The media must highlight these issues, keeping in mind the tremendous contribution to our country by soldiers and their families.
Keeping our Armed Forces young necessitates releasing our service personnel at 35-40 years of age while they are still physically fit, young, and have discipline, drive, and leadership qualities.
Around 60000 Defence personnel retire every year because of mandatory retirement. Therefore, caring for these ex-soldiers and their families is a national responsibility.
The Armed Forces have lost many brave and gallant soldiers in the country’s service. In addition to the ongoing counterinsurgency operations, many families have been left without a breadwinner.
We are reminded on Flag Day of our responsibility to care for our disabled brothers-in-arms, widows, and dependents of the martyrs.
In keeping with these reasons, we observe Armed Forces Flag Day. Our nation remembers the services rendered by the military personnel of the Army, Navy, and Air Force on this day.
Providing rehabilitation and welfare to dependents of our brave martyrs and disabled troops is a collective duty of every citizen of our country.
Flag Day presents us with the opportunity to contribute most generously to the Armed Forces Flag Day Fund.
Public collections are raised on this day with a concerted effort. Print and electronic media are used to emphasize the significance of the Day.
Formations and units of the Armed Forces also organize variety shows, carnivals, dramas, and other entertainment programmes.
The Kendriya Sainik Board distributes red, deep blue, and light blue token flags and car stickers representing the country’s three services.