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“When you meet them, tell them of us and say: For your tomorrow, we gave our today”

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Pune (Jan. 17, 2015): To commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Indo-Pak War of 1965 and remind citizens of the heavy sacrificesmade by soldiers and their families, the Department of Sainik Welfare, Maharashtra is organizing a programme to honour the families of martyred soldiers and gallantry award winners.

The honours, conferred in various categories, including the Veer patni/Veer Mata/Veer Pitaawards, seek to underline the vital contribution of family members who supported and encouraged these brave men to do their best for their Motherland.

Speaking on the occasion, Colonel Suhas Jatkar (retd), director, DSW said: “its fifty years since India first demonstrated its military capability and ability to protect its frontiers. The Indian army, without a doubt, did a tremendous job in upholding our National Honour. This programme is a reminder to India and its citizens of how much they owe the men in the olive green.”

Not only wasthis felicitation a fitting way to celebrate the eve of Republic Day, but would serve to rekindle the memories of soldiers and their families, and reaffirm the sheer dignity of a life in uniform. “In these jaded times, when money and status are top priority, perhaps a function such as this one will draw the youth to a life in the service of our Nation,” expressed Colonel Jatkar. “The Army is a wonderful career to take up, and one that benefits our people as well. There is glory in putting ‘Service before Self’ and the DSW wishes to highlight this message over all else.”

The Department of Sainik Welfare, Maharashtra is engaged in looking after the War Widows / War disabled soldiers, their families and ex-servicemen who have sacrificed the very prime of their youth in the service of the nation, from the meager govt. fund collected from the citizens.  This fund needs to be augmented to carry out meaningful rehabilitation and welfare activities. “We hope patriotic and conscious citizens will help out in whatever way they can,” said Colonel Jatkar.

The price for passes for this event will start from Rs.200, Rs.300, Rs.500 and Rs.1000,any organizationwho sponsor these passes will be considered as CSR activity, also individual donations done to the trust, Armed Forces Flag Day Fund, will be benefitted u/s 80G in income tax. We request your generous help and encourage you to participate and become a helping hand for this noble cause.

Senior Government functionaries, celebrities and dignitaries of the State will be present at the event.  A musical programme of Hindi and Marathi songs will be performed by Rishikesh Ranade, Rahul saxena, Ketki Mategawkar and many more along with the eminent actors like Makrand Anaspure, Bhargavi Chirmule, Adinath kothare many more will showcase their talent to entertain all and make the evening more special. This has been planned on 25th January at 5.30 pm, Ganesh Kala Krida Manch, Pune.