Armed Forces Flag Day 2021: History And Significance Of The Day

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The Indian Armed Forces Flag Day is observed every year on December 7 since 1949. Also referred to as the Flag Day of India, the event is dedicated to the welfare of personnel of the Indian Army, Indian Air Force (IAF) and Indian Navy.


After the country achieved independence in 1947, there was an imminent shortage of funds for the welfare of armed forces. A committee formed by the government suggested that it would distribute flags to the common people in exchange of them contributing to the fund for armed forces personnel.

The Armed Forces Flag Day Fund (AFFDF) collected on Flag Day is also used for the welfare of serving personnel and ex-servicemen and also to rehabilitate battle causalities.

Take a look at some interesting facts about Armed Forces Flag Day

  • The Flag Day Fund was formulated in the year 1949 by a committee formed under the Defence Minister.
  • The collection of the fund is collected through voluntary organisations by official and personal means.
  • The Kendriya Sainik Board manages the fund collection throughout the country.
  • Armed Forces Flag Day is celebrated as an honour to the army, navy, and air force of the country and has now become an important tradition.
  • Each year, 60,000 defence personnel take retirement of above 40 years of age, in order to keep the existing personnel strong and fresh.

Here’s how you can contribute to the Armed Forces Flag Fund:

You can contribute to the Armed Forces Flag Day Fund through cheques, online and by depositing in banks. For details, check this link.

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