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Army Veterans celebrate Diamond Jubilee of Commissioning at IMA

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By OUR STAFF REPORTER

Dehradun, 9 Feb: On a historic occasion at the Indian Military Academy, 20 officers of the 33 Regular (24 NDA), 3 OTG, SSRC, Emergency Commission Course along with spouses have assembled at the Indian Military Academy to celebrate their Diamond Jubilee Reunion on 9-10 February, and also to show gratitude to the institute which turned them into soldiers in 1964. Sixty years ago, on 9 February, 1964, a total of 1192 cadets passed out from the Indian Military Academy and became officers of the Indian Army.

The ceremony began with wreath laying at the War Memorial. As a mark of solidarity towards officers of the tri-services, Air Commodore Peter Pinto laid the wreath at the war memorial on behalf of the course to pay respect to their brave comrades who laid down their lives during the two wars of 1965 and 1974 and in various other battles against enemy forces in Kargil, Nathu La and Cho La.

The officers came from all corners of the country and recalled the days spent in IMA that inculcated the finest qualities of leadership in them. The course has numerous outstanding achievements, honours and awards for bravery and distinguished service to its credit. They have long been retired but are significantly contributing to nation building.

Lieutenant General T S Shergil (Retd), who was posted as Commandant of Indian Military Academy from 2001 to 2003, was also commissioned with this course and was present at the reunion event. Lt General Shergil mentioned that this was one of the rare courses to have passed out in the month of February and it was his privilege to command the Passing Out Parade of 1192 officers.

IMA Commandant Lt Gen Sandeep Jain, invited the veterans for tea, where he and other officers posted at IMA got an opportunity of interacting with their seniors and hear their war episodes and stories. The Diamond Jubilee Reunion will be celebrated for two days as part of which various events are being organised.