By Violet Pereira, Team Mangalorean
Mangalore: Braving heavy downpour hundreds of people attended to mark the 'Kargil Vijay Divas' in patriotic spirit at Veera Yodhara Smaraka, Kadri Hills, here on July 26.
To mark the 14th anniversary of the 'Kargil Vijay Divas' a candle light vigil was organized by the Dakshina Kannada District Ex-Servicemen Association with Shasthavu Sri Bhoothanatheshwara Temple at the Veera Yodhara Smaraka, Kadri hills.
Members of Lions Club of Valencia along with the Lions District governor Ln K C Prabhu offered flowers and lit candles on Veera Yodhara Smaraka at 7.30 p.m, as a mark of respect towards all the armed personal who have laid their lives in the defense of the nation. It was on that historic day of July 26, 1999, that 1500 soldiers were wounded and more than 500 sacrificed their lives for the nation's freedom.
Lt Colonel Nittegutthu Sharath Bhandary, Brigadier I N Rai, Wing Commander D R Belle and Kargil veterans paid their respect by lighting the candles on the martyrs Memorial.
Speaking to mangalorean.com Retired Brigadier I N Rai, said, "I was commanding a mountain brigade in East Sikkim. Our task was to ensure that nothing happened on the China border when the Pakistani army was attacking Kargil. If the war had escalated there was a possibility of untoward incidents on the Chinese border. Our aim was to maintain tranquility on the Indo- China border and continue to build confidence measures with our neighbouring country, and keep the morale of our troops high. We had maintained the vigilance and sanctity of the National border. We did send our regiment to Boporse that is 18 guns from our sector to the Kargil sector".
Vijayanath Shetty paid tribute to Kargil Vijay Divas in a special manner, by offering flowers and lighting the candle on the martyrs memorial. Speaking to mangalorean.com Vijayanath said that a number of soldiers sacrificed their lives in the Kargil war and brought us victory, we all must salute those great souls who had perished in that battle. Every year, we observe this day to mark the victory against Pakistan on July 26.
Later there was a documentary displayed on the LCD about the Kargil war.