Today is Armed Forces Flag Day: Read about its History and significance

Armed forces play a vital role in the stability, security and prosperity of a nation. India is no different of such fact. Indian armed forces played a crucial role in stabilizing the nation in over 7 decades of the nation’s history. They won us over half of a dozen wars and numerous battles during various peace keeping missions across the globe.

The Armed Forced Flag Day is celebrated on 7th December every year to commemorate the services of martyrs and all the Men and women in uniform, who have dedicated their lives for safety and security of our country.  The day reminds us of valiant warriors, who through selfless sacrifice and devotion to duty have protected the nation from the internal and external dangers. It is also an important day to remind ourselves of our obligation to look after veterans, disabled soldiers, war widows and dependents of those who have sacrificed their lives for the safety, honour and Integrity of the motherland.

The Armed Forces of the Union means the Army, Navy and Air Force of the Indian Union including the Armed Forces of the former Indian States, but excludes the persons who have served in Defence Security Corps, General Reserve Engineering Force, Lok Sahayak Sena and Para Military Forces.

Objective:

The Armed Forces Flag Day creates awareness about the need of the society to take care of:

  • Soldiers who have sacrificed their life as well as those who got wounded during the course of achieving victories, in the various wars, cross-border terrorism and insurgency, the nation has fought.
  • Families of those martyred and wounded.
  • Ex- servicemen who suffer from serious diseases such as cancer, heart ailments and joint replacement etc. and who cannot afford the high cost of treatment.
  • People who retire by the age of 30-40.

It is the collective duty of every citizen of our country to ensure rehabilitation and welfare of the dependents of our brave martyrs and disabled personnel. The Flag Day gives us an opportunity to contribute most generously to the Armed Forces Flag Day Fund.

History:

  • A Committee under the Ministry of Defence decided on August 28, 1949 to observe a flag day annually on December 7.
  • The Armed forces flag day is celebrated on 7 December since then.
  • The idea behind observing a Flag day was to distribute small flags to the general population and in return collect donations.

Armed Forces Flag Day Fund:

  • The Armed forces Flag Day Fund was constituted by the Indian Government for the welfare and rehabilitation of the Ex-Servicemen community.
  • The Defence Minister’s Committee set up the original Flag Day Fund in 1949.
    • In 1993, the Defence Ministry of India consolidated related welfare funds into a single Armed Forces Flag Day fund.
  • Kendriya Sainik Board administratively controls AFFDF.
  • Contributions received from AFFDF are used to provide basis sustenance needs of the ESM community through a medium of welfare schemes.

How to Contribute to the Fund:

  • If you take pride in the Indian Armed forces and wish to contribute to the Armed Forces Flag Day Fund. Here are he various options:

The Armed forces personnels dedicate their prime days to the nation for our safety. It’ our duty to help them in rehabilitation after their retirement. Armed forces offer exciting job opportunities for youths in different fields. For those not keen on joining them can contribute through the Armed Forces Flag Day Fund.

Click on this link to contribute: http://ksb.gov.in/armed-forces-flag-day-fund.htm

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