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Lt Gen Rakesh Kapoor Leads Tribute on 76th UN Peacekeepers Day at National War Memorial

Lt Gen Rakesh Kapoor Leads Tribute on 76th UN Peacekeepers Day at National War Memorial

UN Peacekeepers Day is observed annually on May 29th to pay tribute to the men and women who have served and continue to serve in UN peacekeeping operations.

In a solemn and poignant ceremony held on May 29, 2024, Lt Gen Rakesh Kapoor, Deputy Chief of Army Staff (Information Systems & Coordination), commemorated the 76th anniversary of UN Peacekeepers Day by laying a wreath at the National War Memorial (NWM).

The event paid homage to the brave soldiers who have laid down their lives while serving in various peacekeeping missions around the world, dedicated to the cause of peace and stability.

The wreath-laying ceremony, an annual observance, honors the sacrifices of peacekeepers who have served under the United Nations banner.

Lt Gen Kapoor’s presence underscored the Indian Army’s commitment to global peacekeeping efforts and its deep respect for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Lt Gen Kapoor, while addressing the gathering, highlighted the significant contributions of Indian peacekeepers.

The ceremony was attended by a distinguished group of officials, including Ms. Andrea M. Wojnar, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Resident Representative in India. Senior military officers, officials from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), as well as various other dignitaries, were also present.

Their attendance symbolized the collective appreciation and respect for the peacekeepers’ efforts and sacrifices.

Ms. Wojnar, in her remarks, acknowledged the critical role played by peacekeepers in maintaining global peace and security. She emphasized the importance of international cooperation and the dedication required to sustain peacekeeping operations.

The National War Memorial, a sacred place of remembrance, was adorned with flowers and wreaths as a tribute to the fallen heroes.

The attendees observed a moment of silence to honor the peacekeepers who have died in the line of duty. The solemnity of the occasion was palpable as the dignitaries reflected on the sacrifices made by these brave individuals.

India has been one of the largest contributors to UN peacekeeping missions since its inception. Indian peacekeepers have served in some of the most challenging environments, showcasing unparalleled bravery and dedication.

The ceremony highlighted the significant role that India has played and continues to play in international peacekeeping efforts.

UN Peacekeepers Day is observed annually on May 29th to pay tribute to the men and women who have served and continue to serve in UN peacekeeping operations.

It is also a day to honor the memory of those who have lost their lives in the cause of peace. This year marks the 76th anniversary of the first UN peacekeeping mission, established in 1948.

The theme for this year’s observance is “Peace Begins with Me,” emphasizing the role of individuals in promoting peace and resolving conflicts. The theme resonates with the personal commitment and bravery shown by peacekeepers from around the world.

The 76th anniversary of UN Peacekeepers Day at the National War Memorial was a moving tribute to the courage and dedication of peacekeepers worldwide.

The presence of Lt Gen Rakesh Kapoor, Ms. Andrea M. Wojnar, senior military officers, and other dignitaries highlighted the importance of this day and the collective commitment to honoring those who serve in peacekeeping missions.

As the world continues to face complex challenges, the legacy of these brave individuals serves as a beacon of hope and a testament to the enduring pursuit of peace.

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