Indian Armed Forces Flag Day 2022: Armed Forces Flag Day is observed annually on December 7 in India to honour the martyrs and the soldiers in uniform who heroically fight and continue to protect the country’s borders and honour. The Flag Day of India 2022 also comes with an opportunity of collecting funds that can be further used for the welfare of ex-servicemen and serving personnel and for rehabilitating the battle casualties.
Indian Armed Forces Flag Day is observed in India every year on December 7. The day encourages the people of India to collect funds and various other contributions for the benefit of the Armed Forces Staff.
Since 1949, India has observed the Armed Forces Flag Day. A committee assembled by India's defence minister had decided on August 28 to observe the Armed Forces Flag Day on December 7 every year. The choice was made in order to accommodate India's post-Independence defence armed personnel.
The original purpose of the Armed Forces Flag Day was to raise awareness by giving out flags to the public and collecting donations for the armed forces. Flag Day, however, now encourages Indians to take ownership of caring for and contributing in any way to the welfare of the armed forces, giving it a much greater significance.
“I won’t die in an accident or die of any disease. I will go down in glory.” – Major Sudhir Kumar Walia
“I regret I have but one life to give for my country.” – Prem Ramchandani
“Sleep peacefully at your homes. Indian Army is guarding the frontiers.”
“The enemies are only 50 yards from us. We are heavily outnumbered. We are under devastating fire. I shall not withdraw an inch but will fight to our last man and our last round.” – Major Somanth Sharma
“If death strikes before I prove my blood, I promise, I will kill death.” – Captain Manoj Pandey
“Either I will come back after hoisting the Tricolor, or I will come back wrapped in it. But I’ll be back for sure.” – Captain Vikram Batra (Param Vir Chakra)
The first Flag Day Fund was created in 1949 by the Defence Minister's Committee. However, the Indian Ministry of Defence made the decision to combine the associated welfare funds into a single Armed Forces Flag Day Fund in 1993.
The Indian Air Force, Indian Army, and Indian Navy, the three arms of the Indian Armed Services, organised a variety of cultural events, numerous performances, and other activities for the Indian public on Flag Day.
On Armed Forces Flag 2022, tiny flags in the colours of deep blue, red, and light blue that represent India's three armed services are given out in exchange for donations.
The Indian government has established the Armed Forces Flag Day Fund (AFFDF) in exchange for the donation in order to support the ex-servicemen's welfare and rehabilitation.