The Nation has prepared to celebrate 72th Independence Day celebrations tomorrow. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will unfurl the National Flag from the ramparts of the Red Fort to mark these celebrations. After unfurling the Tricolour, he will address the nation. On arrival at Lahori Gate of Red Fort, the Prime Minister will be received by the Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman, Raksha Rajya Mantri Dr. Subhash Bhamre and Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra.
The Defence Secretary will introduce the General Officer Commanding, Delhi Area, Lt. General Asit Mistry to the Prime Minister. The GoC Delhi Area will then conduct the Prime Minister to the Saluting Base where a combined Inter-Services and Police Guard will present the general salute to the Prime Minister. Thereafter, Narendra Modi will inspect the Guard of Honour.
The Guard of Honour contingent for the Prime Minister will consist of one officer and 24 men each from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Delhi Police. The Guard of Honour will be positioned directly in front of the National Flag across the moat below the ramparts.
This year, the Navy being the Coordinating Service, the Guard of Honour will be commanded by Commander PR Jagan Mohan of the Indian Navy. The Army Contingent in the Prime Minister’s Guard will be commanded by Major Suraj Pal, the Navy contingent by Lt Cdr MYV Tejas, while Sqn Ldr Praveen Narayan will lead the Air Force contingent and the Delhi Police contingent by ACP Jagdev Singh Yadav.
The Army contingent for the Prime Minister’s Guard is drawn from the elite Fifth Battalion of the First Gorkha Rifles. After inspecting the Guard of Honour, the Prime Minister will proceed to the ramparts of the Red Fort where he will be greeted by the Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman, Raksha Rajya Mantri Dr. Subhash Bhamre, the Chief of the Army Staff General Bipin Rawat, the Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba and the Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa. The GoC Delhi area will conduct the Prime Minister to the dais to unfurl the National Flag.
The unfurling of the tri-colour will synchronize with the 21 Gun Salute fired by the valiant gunners of the elite 2281 Field Battery (Ceremonial). The ceremonial battery will be commanded by Lt. Col C Sandeep and the Gun Position Officer will be Regiment Havildar Major Kolate Rajesh Shripati.
The Naval Band will play the National Anthem when the National Guard presents the ‘Rashtriya Salute’ while unfurling the National Flag by the Prime Minister. All Service personnel in uniform will stand and salute. The Band will be commanded by Master Chief Petty Officer Musician, Mani Ram. After unfurling the National Flag, the Prime Minister will address the Nation. After the Prime Minister’s address, school children and NCC Cadets will sing the National Anthem.