Bangalore, October 14 (IANS): The Maratha Light Infantry Regiment, one of the oldest regiments in the Indian Army with a proud and rich history of over 250 years, celebrates its 17th Post War Reunion at the Maratha Light Infantry Regimental Centre, Belgaum from 15 October to October 17.
The theme of the celebrations is ‘Synergy’ highlighting operational bonhomie and camaraderie between all affiliated units not only of Indian Army but also with sister services to include Indian Air Force, Indian Navy and the Indian Coast Guard.
General Manoj Pande, AVSM, VSM, ADC, SM, Army Chief of Staff will honor this historic and important occasion. Other prominent senior officers will include Gen JJ Singh, PVSM, AVSM, VSM, ADC (Retd), former Army Chief of Staff and former Governor of Arunachal Pradesh and Honorary Colonel of the Regiment, Lt. General Ajai Singh, AVSM, Commander-in-Chief, Andaman and Nicobar Command, Maj Gen K Narayanan, AVSM, SM, Joint Secretary (Army & TA), Government of India, Ministry of Defence, Department of Military Affairs and Colonel of the Regiment and 10 Lieutenant Generals (serving and retired) and 19 Major Generals (serving and retired) and the Royal Family of Kolhapur and Thanjavur. A large number of serving and retired officers, junior officers and other ranks of the Maratha Light Infantry Regiment are expected to join this mega event to share their experiences and memories.
It traces its lineage to the Bombay Sepoys, raised in 1768, making it the oldest light infantry regiment in the Indian Army. The story of The Maratha Light Infantry is, in essence, the brilliant saga of the heroic exploits of all those valiant men whose service and sacrifice constitute some of the brilliant chapters in the annals of the Indian Army.
The true fighting qualities of the Marathas were adequately demonstrated during the First World War (1914-1918) during the long Mesopotamian campaign, the Marathas battalions covered themselves with glory. World War II also saw the Marathas prominent in almost every theater of operations, be it the jungles of Southeast Asia, the deserts of North Africa, the mountains and ravines of Europe. , etc. Since its establishment, the regiment has received 52 Battle Honours, 12 Theater Honours, 28 Bravery Awards including 02 Victoria Cross, 05 Ashoka Chakra, 02 Padma Bhushan, 31 Param Vishist Seva Medal, 05 Mahavir Chakra, 15 Kirti Chakra, 02 Padma Shri, 44 Vir Chakra, 65 Shaurya Chakra and 421 Sena Medal for various acts of gallantry and gallantry. The regiment has also shown courage in sports and adventure activities where its sportsmen have won medals, including an Arjuna award, in National and international sports arena such as the Olympics, Asian Games, Commonwealth Games and d other world championships.
Additionally, to honor the contribution of Martyr Soldiers, Veer Naris/Next of Kins of Martyr Soldiers are invited to honor the occasion.
A commemorative parade symbolizing the “synergy” between the three services will be the first major event as a curtain raiser. Seven contingents from Maratha Light Infantry Regimental Center, Bombay Engineer Group, 34 Medium Regiment, 36 Medium Regiment, INS Mumbai, 20 Squadron Indian Air Force represented by Airmen Training School, Sambra and Indian Coast Guard Air station (Daman) will march smartly to the tunes of Regimental Center Military Silver Band.
The glorious history of the Maratha Regiment will be presented through Maratha Pageant which will show the acts of gallantry and gallantry of the Maratha troops after independence, drawing parallels with the gallant deeds of Chatrapati Shivaji’s era. Additionally, a scintillating performance of folk dances during the cultural festival showcasing the diversity of the Maratha regiment from its recruiting areas has also been planned.
The celebration will culminate with the solemn pledge of all ranks, including veterans, to strive for the glory of the regiment in all spheres of endeavour.