KATHMANDU, FEB 21 – President Ram Baran Yadav attended the Nepal Army establishment day ceremony–which was memorable for its special performances–at Tundikhel in Kathmandu on Monday. Since 1990, the Army Day has been celebrated on the Mahashivaratri day.
Besides the President, who is the supreme commander of the Army, Vice President Paramananda Jha, Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai, the chief justice, the Constitutional Assembly chairman, ministers and diplomats attended the function.
During the event, the Army put up a series of performances, including banner display by helicopters, parade and drills. Army personnel demonstrated their martial art, gymnastic, shoot-to-kill, khukuri, raid and rescue, and free fall skills, apart from dog shows and cultural performances.
In a message delivered on the occasion, President Yadav wished that the national army would inspire the people for the highest standard of discipline, honesty and unfettered patriotism. “The courage, discipline, honesty and patriotism shown by the Nepal Army are praiseworthy,” he said.
He lauded the army for faithfully carrying out its responsibilities such as conservation of natural resources, protection of key public infrastructures and installations, carrying out development projects and disaster management. Yadav also hailed the NA for its international-standard professionalism and contribution to world peace under the United Nations.
In his message, PM Bhattarai said the Nepal Army carries a gallant and dignified history and was active in securing national sovereignty, integrity, and independence of the country. In addition to providing national security, the PM said, the Army has been making important contributions to national development.