New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday called upon the people to make voluntary contributions for the rehabilitation of war widows, disabled defence personnel, ex-servicemen and their families.
“I pay my respect to all gallant soldiers who have made the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty and will remain the pride of the nation. I call upon all citizens to voluntarily contribute towards the noble cause of rehabilitation of war widows, disabled defence personnel, ex-servicemen and their families,” the president said in a message on the eve of Armed Forces Flag Day, which is observed on December 7.
Mukherjee said the armed forces were serving the nation “with great distinction”, both during war and peace. The armed forces had displayed the highest standards of professionalism and excellence in every task entrusted to them, he said.
“Our armed forces have ensured the protection of our territorial integrity, fought the scourge of terrorism and provided succour to fellow citizens in times of natural calamities,” the president said while wishing success for the Flag Day celebrations.
“The day reminds us of our responsibility towards the armed forces for their contributions to our motherland,” Mukherjee said.