The Army Day is celebrated on 15th January every year to remember the gallant spirit of the Indian Army Lieutenant General Kodandera Madappa Cariappa, the first Commander-in-Chief of democratic India.
Madappa Cariappa was the first Indian Officer who was passed on the command of a unit in 1942. During the Indo-Pakistan War of 1947, the Indian forces were headed by General K.M. Cariappa on the Western Front. He succeeded the last commander of British in India, Sir Francis Butcher, in 1948.
The Army Day is celebrated at every Army Command headquarters situated in the country and in the national capital Delhi.
The Army Day celebrations in Delhi begin by paying tributes to the martyred soldiers at the Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate.
Also, military shows which feature the technology and achievements of the Army. Bravery awards such as Unit credentials and Sena Medals are also distributed to the soldiers on this day.