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The Rajputana Rifles observes remembrance day

The Rajputana Rifles observes remembrance day

The Rajputana Rifles Regimental Centre is an important landmark in the Delhi Cantonment. This Regimental Centre was earlier located at Nasirabad, in Rajasthan. At Nasirabad a magnificent war memorial was unveiled in January 1927 to honour the 2058 martyrs of The Rajputana Rifles of World War I. The Regimental Centre moved to the present location in Delhi during World War II.  The “Chhatri” was moved piece by piece from Nasirabad to Delhi and re-erected at its present location in 1978.  It was re-dedicated during Reunion that year, at a ceremony held on 25 November 1978.  The two pedestals on either side on the “Chhatri” were added to the monument.  They bear the Roll of Honour of our officers and men who sacrificed their lives during World War II and in the wars of Independent India.Since then 25 November is observed, by the Regimental Centre, as Remembrance Day every year to pay homage to the gallant and immortal soldiers of the Regiment. Lt Gen KJS Dhillon, Chinar Corps Commander & Colonel of the Regiment, The Rajputana Rifles, alongwith many serving Officers, JCOs, OR and Veterans of the Regiment, laid wreath at War Memorial to pay homage to all the gallant soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the Nation.

On the solemn occasion, three Veer Naris were also honoured and felicitated, in the presence of hundreds of serving Officers, JCOs, OR and Veterans. The Regiment also honoured and felicitated two of its gallantry award winners.

First Battalion was raised as far back in Jan 1775.   The Regiment, as it stands today was formed in 1921-22 during the general re-organisation of the Indian Army.The Rajputana Rifles is the oldest rifle regiment of the Indian Army. Thousands of soldiers of The Rajputana Rifles laid down their lives in the First and Second World Wars. Since Independence thousands of brave and valiant soldiers have given the supreme sacrifice in service to the Nation, in the finest traditions of the Indian Army. The Rajputana Rifles following the fine tradition of soldiering has won hundreds of gallantry awards.The Regiment has 68 battle honours to its credit, and the most famous of these are Meeanee, Kirkee, Aliwal, Poonch, Mynamati, Charwa, Asal Uttar and Basantar.

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