Hyderabad: The Indian Army’s Regiment of Artillery celebrated its 190th Raising Day’ today across the Telangana and Andhra Sub Area (TASA).
The ‘Raising Day’, which is also known as the ‘Gunners Day’, is observed on September 28 to mark the raising of the first Indian Artillery unit, the then 5 Bombay Mountain Battery, on this momentous day in 1827.
The GOC, TASA was dedicated a renovated Trisula Auditorium at Rajendra Singhji Army Officers Mess and Institute (RSAMI) in Secunderabad Cantonment today. A social evening was also organised on the occasion of Gunners day at RSAMI. Senior officers from Armed Forces and veterans attended the function.
Earlier, a wreath laying ceremony was organised at Artillery Centre, Golconda. The wreath laying was a fitting tribute to the valour of all the Gunners who have made supreme sacrifice in the service of the nation. Veer Naris (War Widows) were felicitated with financial assistance on this occasion.
The senior most serving Artillery Officer in the station, Major General N Srinivas Rao, General Officer Commanding (GOC), TASA called upon all the Gunners to rededicate themselves to uphold the ethos and spirit enshrined in the motto of the Regiment of Artillery, ‘Everywhere with honour and glory’.
General Srinivas Rao praised the professional standards and ethos of the gunners and called upon the Artillery units to reach even higher standards of excellence and continue to contribute towards peace and stability in the Indian Subcontinent.
Ever since the concept of causing destruction to the enemy’s war machine from a standoff distance evolved in warfare, Artillery has been a major battle winning arm and its importance continues in the modern day battlefield. The Regiment of Artillery has been part of all the wars that India has fought since its independence and the gunners have proved their mettle by their professional acumen and dedication.
The victory of the Indian Army over Pakistan in the Kargil conflict in 1999 demonstrated the fire power of the Artillery, which pounded and systematically destroyed the enemy’s will to fight, and proved to be the major battle winning factor.
The Gunners have always been renowned for their professional excellence and exacting standards, and continue to perform their duties in the Northern theatre with utmost dedication, in difficult, hostile and inhospitable terrain conditions.
The Gunners are also actively undertaking counter insurgency operations in Jammu and Kashmir and have made an immense contribution in ensuring peace in the region. (INN)