The month-long Diamond Jubilee celebrations to mark the Battle of Walong, an example of bravery and sacrifice by the Army against the Chinese aggression in Eastern Arunachal Pradesh, culminated at Walong on Wednesday.
According to a statement by the PRO(D) Tezpur, the celebrations started on October 17, 2022. It was inaugurated by Lt Gen RC Tiwari, AVSM, SM, GOC, Spear Corps at Walong. During the inaugural ceremony, the GOC paid homage at the War Memorial and honoured war veterans and locals who had assisted in the war effort. Equipment displays and cultural programmes by the local populace were also showcased during the event.
“The celebrations were aligned to the events as they unfolded in 1962 and encompassed a large number of activities in Arunachal Pradesh and Upper Assam which included historical and adventure treks, cycle rally from roing to Walong, Know Your Army and equipment displays, motivational lectures and painting competitions at educational institutes, commemorative tree plantation, clean and green Walong drive, Walong mela and movie festival, khel mahotsav, mini marathons and inauguration of a light and sound show at Walong,” the statement said.
“In addition, a mega motorcycle expedition was undertaken from Tezpur to Walong which collected soil from major 1962 battlefields in Arunachal Pradesh and the same was instated at Walong War Memorial,” it added.
The closing ceremony was graced by Lt Gen RP Kalita UYSM, AVSM, SM, VSM, GOC-in-C, and Eastern Command. The Army Commander laid a wreath at the Walong War Memorial & paid homage to the heroes of the battle.
During the ceremony, war veterans, their NOKs & locals who assisted in the war effort were honoured. Representatives of units that participated in the Battle of Walong were also present during the sombre function and were felicitated. Various adventure treks, cycle rallies and Motorcycle expeditions were flagged in by the Army Commander, the statement said.
“Furthermore, to immortalise the saga of valour and sacrifice of our Bravehearts, the lore of Battle of Walong is being showcased in premium military establishments and many civilian institutes in the country,” it added.
The event received profused participation, response and support from the local populace which is a testimony of their indestructible hope & trust in the Indian Armed Forces.
Sixty years ago during the 1962 Sino – India war, the Indian Army halted the advancing PLA soldiers for 27 days which forced them to sidestep its reserve division from Tawang Sector to Walong, according to the statement.
“Outnumbered by the enemy, with little ammunition and no resources, our valiant soldiers fought till the last man, last round,” it added. (ANI)