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Ananya Padhihary

President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and leaders from across the political spectrum extended their greetings to the Indian Army personnel on the occasion of Army Day on Saturday.

President Ram Nath Kovind greeted the Army personnel and said they have been pivotal in ensuring national security and the country is grateful for their service.

The soldiers have displayed professionalism, sacrifice and valour in defending the border and maintaining peace, he added.

"Greetings to Army personnel and veterans on Army Day. Indian Army has been pivotal in ensuring national security. Our soldiers have displayed professionalism, sacrifice and valour in defending borders and maintaining peace. The nation is grateful for your service. Jai Hind!" Kovind tweeted.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also lauded the Indian Army, saying it is known for bravery and professionalism, and words cannot do justice to its invaluable contribution towards national safety.

"Indian Army personnel serve in hostile terrains and are at the forefront of helping fellow citizens during humanitarian crisis, including natural disasters. India is proud of the stellar contribution of the Army in Peacekeeping Missions overseas as well," the prime minister said.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Union Home Minister Amit Shah also extended greetings to Indian Army personnel for their selfless service and dedication towards the nation.

Paying tributes to the veterans, brave soldiers and their families on Army Day, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik tweeted, "Salute to the indomitable spirit and selfless sacrifice of these bravehearts who put national interest ahead of everything to ensure sovereignty & integrity of our nation."

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s national vice-president BJP Baijayant Panda also extended wishes to Indian soldiers and their families.

Army Day is observed on January 15 to mark Field Marshall K M Cariappa taking over as the first Indian Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army, replacing his British predecessor in 1949.

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