17th Post War Meeting of Maratha Light Infantry Regiment held in Belgaum – Punekar News

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Belgaum (Karnataka), 17th October 2022: The MARATHA Light Infantry Regiment, one of the oldest regiments in the Indian Army, held its 17th Post War Reunion at the MARATHA Light Infantry Regimental Centre, Belgaum from 15th to 17th October 2022 after a duration of four years with the last edition held in February 2019.

The event saw the participation of not only units affiliated with Indian Army but also units affiliated with Indian Air Force, Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard thus complementing the theme of the “SYNERGY” meeting. It was the first major event after the COVID-19 lockdown and witnessed enthusiastic participation from all ranks of the MARATHA Light Infantry Regiment, Affiliated Arms and Services, Veterans and Veer Naris.

General Manoj Pande, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) attended the ceremony on October 16, 2022. Other prominent senior officers included former Governor of Arunachal Pradesh and former Chief of Army General Staff, General JJ Singh (retired) and honorary colonel of the regiment. , Lt Gen Ajai Singh, Commander Army Andaman & Nicobar Command, Maj Gen K Narayanan Joint Secretary (Army and TA) Department of Military Affairs and Colonel of the Regiment, 12 Lt Gens serving and retired, 18 Maj Gens en service and retired and the royal families of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj genealogy to include HH Maharaja Shrimant Shahu Chhatrapati, Maharaja of Kolhapur and Shrimant Yuvraj Sambhajiraje Chhatrapati. The event was also honored by 35 Veer Naris/close relatives as well as serving and veteran officers, junior officers and other ranks of the MARATHA Light Infantry Regiment.

The first major event, as a curtain raiser, was a spectacular commemoration parade showcasing the theme of synergy and comprised of seven contingents from MARATHA LIRC, Bombay Engineer Group, 34 Medium Regiment, 36 Medium Regiment, INS Mumbai , 20 Squadron Indian Air Force being represented by Airman Training School, Sambra and Indian Coast Guard, Air Station (Daman) respectively who marched smartly to the martial tunes played by the famous “Silver Band” of MARATHA LIRC. The parade was commanded by Major Sashwat Dabas, a junior officer from the 2nd Battalion, The MARATHA LIGHT INFANTRY and was reviewed by Lieutenant General Ajai Singh, AVSM, Commander-in-Chief, Andaman and Nicobar Command. After the parade of remembrance, a solemn wreath laying ceremony at the Sharqat War Memorial was held during which senior and veteran officers, JCOs and other ranks paid their respects to the brave hearts of the regiment for their sacrifice supreme. The event also saw the congratulations of Veer Naris and close relatives of our regiment, including affiliated units, by senior officers of the regiment.

The Maratha Peagent, held on October 16 and 17, showcased the gallant deeds of Maratha soldiers in the post-independence wars, drawing parallels with various acts of gallantry and gallantry during the Shri Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj era. The Maratha festival showed the unique diversity of Maratha culture through scintillating performances from Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and coastal areas along the east and west coast of India. The 17th post-war reunion brought back nostalgic memories, and attendees remembered comrades who departed for the heavenly abode over the past four years. The celebrations culminated with strengthening regimental bonds and with a firm resolve to strive for greater glory for the Regiment in all spheres in the years to come.

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