The ceremony on Republic Day started with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the National War Memorial where he paid tributes to the fallen heroes. He then moved to salute dais to witness the parade at Rajpath.
The National flag was unfurled by President Ram Nath Kovind following which the National Anthem was sung and a salute of 21-gun was given. The parade was commanded by Parade Commander, Lieutenant General Vijay Kumar Mishra, Ati Vishisth Seva Medal, a second-generation Army officer.
Ministry of Civil Aviation’s tableau participated in the Republic Day parade for the first time. The tableau showcased Regional Connectivity Scheme UDAN.
The tableau of the Indian Air Force had the first woman Rafale pilot, Flight Lieutenant Shivangi Singh.
Ministry of Defence also tweeted a video showcasing the cockpit view of Baaz formation and Amrit formation. Baaz formation comprises of one Rafale, two Jaguar, two MiG-29 UPG, two Su-30 MI aircraft in seven aircraft ‘Arrowhead’ formation flying at 300m Aircraft Operating Limit. Amrit formation comprised of 17 Jaguar aircraft making a figure of 75. This was the largest ever aerial display in the country.
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The President’s bodyguard horse Virat also retired from the service today. The horse was given the Chief of the Army Staff Commendation Medal this year. On this occasion, PM Modi, President Kovind and Defense Minister Rajnath Singh bid him farewell.